Boomkat Product Review:
Distant drones and ferric tones on this latest EP of cassette-manipulated field recordings from Japanese sound artist Masayuki Imanishi.
Since 2007, Imanishi has released records on a slew of labels - including Psych.KG, Soft Error and ini.itu - and collaborated with Kohei Matsunaga (aka NHK) and Marco Serrato Gallardo. He lands on the ever-reliable Superpang with a stripped-back drone two-tracker that well illustrates his restraint.
The opening side mutates wordless vocals into rubbery noise over harmonic tones that sit on just the right side of pillowy. Whenever it threatens to get too sickly sweet, Imanishi pulls it into a more sinister zone, introducing feedback or a disembodied death rattle.
The flip is more ominous from the off, sounding closer to David Lynch's ghost-in-the-plumbing industrial soundtrack to "Eraserhead" than anything more comfortably described as ambient right now. Deep and airy, it's a true voyage into the underworld, decorated by synth screams and distant musicbox hums. Transportive.