Boomkat Product Review:
Many people seem to have an aversion to the saxophone, and it’s easy to see why. The shrill sound of the horn has graced too many bad records to mention, for every Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane – there's a Candy Dulfer or a Kenny G to come and spoil the party. While we're not entirely sure if Taishi Kamiya’s use of the saxophone really is ‘unique’, it's certainly used with an expert hand. Kamiya throws the tones through a swarm of laptop processes, giving forth choppy hiccupping rhythms, harmonies and breathy pads. This is a technique we’ve heard time and time again with guitar and voice, but rarely done with woodwind. The almost hoarse tones give a humanity to a style of music that's all too often cold and conceptual, and it's this human touch that makes ‘Spectra of Air’ such a warm, captivating listening experience.