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Jakarta/NYC’s Asa Tone slip right under the skin with a mix of mercurial gamelan and electronics for California’s Leaving Records...
Exploring space where traditional Indonesian music re-merges with American new age’s Far Eastern inspirations, ‘Temporary Music’ offers firms up an ephemeral, experimental sort of ambient interzone that shares similar coordinates with the music of Georgia, Visible Cloaks and their wealth of Fourth World ambient inspirations.
The trio of Jakarta-born Melati Melay with New York based Tristan Arp and Kaazi recorded their debut album in a temporary studio nestled in tropical jungle canopy during Melati’s annual trip home in 2018. Improvising in long, meditative takes of mallets, bamboo, vocals, and electronics, the results were edited for brevity back in NYC and resemble a heat hazy series of snapshots from what clearly appears to be a lovely time spent together.
In 10 pieces flush with rhythmelodic cadence and aqueous shimmer, they elegantly skip and swoon from the beat-less, plasmic shimmy of intrpduction, ‘To Tell a Picture’ to the closing sound poem of ‘Each Pool a Lifetime’ via mosaic of moiré patterns; tilting uptempo thru the impish dance of ‘Perpetual Motion Via Jugnle Transport’, and swooping across the Hassellian dub of ‘Visit From Tokay’ to the tight ambient dancehall bumps of ‘In Everybody Repeating’, a spirited dream sequence called ‘River At Work’, and more dembow/dancehall styled ruggedness recalling Haruomi Hosono/YMO on ‘Ogoh Ogoh’.