Instrumental ambient album composed between 2007 and 2009 by a Japanese musician from Kyoto, Marihiko Hara, "Nostalghia"finds the inspiration inside a collection of transparency films he got from his grandmother and which were taken in 1967, during a world trip in Europe, USA and Soviet Union.
So the full album is about long gone memories with their dissolved colors and ghostlike emotions, a not so distant past but already gone forever, available through traces left by someone dear.
It's also a question of empathy through nostalgia, frosted emotions, thin like paper, sine waves crossing your mind. All of this contributes to an album easy to like and enjoy if you can get the propitious attention and state of mind. All about transparency, it pictures the moves of the artist's heart as he goes through this collection of pictures, looking backwards as a way to find clues about what will happen forward.
Honestly, a few months ago I had explored the previous discography of Marihiko Hara without being particularly moved and my opinion was that it was a little flat and often lacking of focus. The situation is totally different on "Nostalghia", the focus is excessively precise, and inside this definite setup, each minimal change and variation gets a lot of importance.
And I can feel this strange Japanese sensitivity similar to the one I experienced on records by artists like Daisuke Miyatani or Takuma Itoi. Listening to "Nostalghia" is like walking alone under big trees, in the middle of summer, inside an old forest, through which some light can still reach the ground. The silence of nature, the peacefulness, the perfumes, and thinking these trees are there since a century almost and they will still last long after the end of your own life. This music is about ephemerality too and pretend to nothing else. It is probably its biggest quality in a musical world where superficiality and pretension are too often rules. Marihiko Hara is not a frog that wished to be as big as the ox, but is just dealing with a sincerity and humility connected to his own blood, and you just can feel respectful.