12 December 2011

Daisuke Miyatani - kioque (2011)

Four years afer his debut album "Diario", on Ahornfelder, Daisuke Miyatani is back with a second, self-released album, "Kioque", which is a 53 minutes collection of 23 tracks, from 11 seconds to 6 minutes long.

It's like a collection of tiny fragments, loosely connected, potentially revealed by light breeze and sunlight. 

At only 43 seconds, the opening track "wake up with the ice cocoa" is already a superb introduction. But it's with "Anohi" that things are really started, three minutes of quiet melancholy, between a xylophone and an acoustic guitar, laying under trees one summer day, with lo-fi field recordings in the background, probably taken during a walk in a park.

Most of the compositions are successful. There are among others this fragile and evanescent "Urayama", like a sunny day stroll, the atmospheric and dreamy, "Drew with paints", or the more pensive and motionless, "It passes slowly".

Along the way, a few interlude tracks could have been forgotten, but there are enough instants of exception, like "Blanco", "long autumnal night", or "untitled", to name a few, which make the trip valuable.

The content of "Kioque" always turn around such feelings, peaceful, sensitive, lightly melancholic and careful. It is surprisingly precise and accurate, and it avoids being childlike or unoffensive. Melodies are never fully developed or exploited, but always present underneath as a guideline, as with "Walks with HOLGA".

"Kioque" is more diffuse than "Diario", but is logically the follow-up, giving less emphasis on the field recordings, and trying to expand the minimalist approach.  It sounds less like intimate bedroom recordings with sounds coming from outside the window, and much more like a collection of selected instants, sharing emotions and feelings experienced outside, in the city or in parks and semi-natural places, with a certain loneliness, but without too nostalgia, only the melancholy of the ephemeral bright days, translating nicely the everyday life.

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