Boomkat Product Review:
Nowadays, Tokyo-born multimedia artist Ken Ikeda releases via the Spekk label, but prior to his recent Mist On The Window album he had two very fine albums out on Touch. The first of these was 2000's Tzuki, an album that the artist himself described as being inspired by old movies, a "memorial to the blanks between frames, communicating with the god of images". The label are a tad more direct, saying it's "reminiscent of early Durutti Column". In fact, the album taps into the kind of warm, melodic microsound that in later years would prove to be so widespread on labels like Hapna and the aforementioned Spekk, with pieces like 'Evolution' and 'Flicker' sounding very much in-keeping with the kind of lowercase mellifluousness of Taylor Deupree's Northern album, while 'Borderland' and 'Looking For The Moon' are more openly suggestive of acoustic source sounds. The electronic elements that define this album are applied with the utmost delicacy and sensitivity, with just enough clout to displace and obscure whatever sounds were there in the first place. One of the most instantly accessible works in the microsound canon, Tzuki manages to capture the more conventionally musical aspects of the genre whilst still immersing the listener in a beautifully unfamiliar sonic landscape.