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Ghostly International

Willits + Sakamoto ‎– Ancient Future

$39.00

Ghostly International

Willits + Sakamoto ‎– Ancient Future

$39.00

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Ryuichi Sakamoto has a way with collaborators. His reflective and emotional piano compositions are timeless and seem tailor-made for an array of electronic treatments. Which is why, for an artist who began his career in the 1970s, he has remained so vital in this new musical era. Following successful collaborations with Alva Noto and Fennesz, in which each artist provided his signature sonics to a suite of piano melodies, Sakamoto moved to Ghostly International to work with label mainstay Christopher Willits, a graduate of Mills College’s prestigious electronic music program and a product of the 2000s lap-pop movement ...

... My favorite moments on Ancient Future involve the combination of piano and guitar. Behind the frets, Willits reminds me so strongly of jazz guitar virtuoso Jim Hall that I had to fight the urge to ascribe the piano accompaniment to Bill Evans. The collaborators find a way to let their instruments breathe without slipping into New Age dullness. Especially on “Abandoned Silence” — a track that does not betray nearly as much darkness as implied by the title — Willits and Sakamoto, strings and keys, create magic. I hope that these two musicians were proud enough of their work, as they should be, to make more records together. - Pop Matters

Label: Ghostly International ‎– Gl-159, Ghostly International ‎– Gl-159 LP, Ghostly International ‎– Gl-159 LP / SMM-XVI

Series: SMM – XVI

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album

Country: US

Released: 30 Jul 2012

Genre: Electronic

Style: ExperimentalAmbient