SUGAI KEN

UkabazUmorezU

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With a melodic cluster dripping into a pool of dark water, UkabazUmorezU's arrival ripples as an apex in Sugai Ken's continued construction of a deeply resonant, enveloping sound world. Upon contact, UkabazUmorezU gently and generously unfurls across aural alleys and streets mundanely but mystically detailed with recontextualized Japanese rituals and tradition.

A lived experience of traditional Japanese music's conversation with environment, and vice versa, forms the melodic make-up and metaphysical philosophy conditioning UkabazUmorezU. Upon imagining a landscape, Sugai decomposes the image (and the images within the image) and replaces it with a sound representation - an artifactual terrain, tethered to but abstracted from the natural world.

The eleven pieces which form UkabazUmorezU dovetail meaningfully with the invented album title, roughly translating to "slow and steady wins the race." Made up of recordings sourced and appropriated from the local performing arts of Kanagawa, Japan (where Sugai lives), his daily surroundings, and Sugai's tool kit of electronic synthesis, UkabazUmorezU evokes tranquil patience while never settling into a single style or still of sound for too long.

Tracklisting 

1. Wakihi (湧き祕) 
2. Wochikaeri to Uzume (をちかえりと渦女) 
3. Shinobine (時鳥) 
4. Okera (桶楽) 
5. Mei (冥) 
6. Ganoubyoshi (贋扇拍子) 
7. Doujiri (堂尻) 
8. Katsura (桂) 
9. Kugutsu Biwa (傀儡びわ) 
10. Sawariyanagi (障り柳) 
11. Suzunarikibushi (鈴生り木節)
12. Kanman no Uragasumi (蚶満の裏霞) (Bonus Track) 
13. Gibaso (偽番叟) (Bonus Track)