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Ex​.​LIFE

by Shohei Amimori

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c4jet 02:28
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Insulok 04:25
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wabe 03:47
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Slow up 02:33
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Sarabande 04:39
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Fossil move 02:29
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kre 04:47
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Yarn Phone 02:38
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Impakt 02:54
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Next to Life 04:55

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大貫妙子やDAOKOなど様々なアーティストとの作編曲/演奏活動、写真家の小山泰介らとの共作インスタレーションの展示など、作曲家の範疇に止まらない幅広い活動を展開する網守将平。コロナ禍前の期間も含め約1年かけて制作された本作は、前作『パタミュージック』でのポップと実験の過激な往来から一転し、メロディーメイカーとしての潜在的なセンスを遺憾無く発揮。自身のヴォーカルやビートは封印し、必要最低限の音響により静謐ながら色彩豊かな映像を喚起させつつ、あくまでピアノを中心としたメロディーに重きを置いたストイックな作風を提示している。さらに「演奏者が自らの音を聴けない状態で演奏する」というルールに基づいた、「非聴覚作曲」という方法を考案し使用した楽曲も収録。

参加ミュージシャンは永井聖一(ギター)、西田修大(ギター)、ゴンドウトモヒコ(ユーフォニアム)、坂本光太(チューバ)、増田義基(ファシリテーター)。さらに19歳のラッパー/トラックメイカーの玉名ラーメンと、モスクワ生まれで日本在住のアーティストElena Tutatchikovaが、それぞれ朗読で参加している。レコーディングとミックスは葛西敏彦が担当、マスタリングはベルリンを拠点に活動するRashad Beckerが担当した。

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While having a background in classical and contemporary music, Amimori’s extensive activities as a composer range from pop music to exhibiting sound installations. He has been making various breakthroughs, including recently being selected as an arranger for Taeko Onuki, one of Japan’s leading singer-songwriters. The radical back-and-forth between pop and experimentalism in his latest album PataMusic attracted core listeners around the world and earned numerous airplays on radio stations all around Europe including BBC. He was also critiqued in various media outlets including the British music magazine WIRE, where his unusuality was highly acclaimed as one of the successors of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Cornelius. In his new album which took about a year to produce including the period before the Covid-19 pandemic, Amimori sealed his vocals and beats to presents a stoic style; with a focus on piano, his minimal melodies and sounds evoke a tranquil yet colorful image. Additionally, the album includes a piece that uses “Non-Auditory Composition”, an original method created by Amimori based on the rule: “the performer must perform without hearing his/her own sound”.

Various musicians participated in this album, including Tomohiko Gondo, supporting member of Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO). The album is mastered by Rashad Becker, an engineer and artist based in Berlin.

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released January 22, 2021

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