monty adkins Four Shibusa (CD, £14.95)label: Audiobulb
Monty Adkins is a composer and performer whose music is characterised by slow shifting organic instrumental soundscapes. His last album fragile.flicker. fragment was nominated in the 'album of the year' category at the 2012 Qwartz Awards, Paris. Four Shibusa is a haunting and moving album that movesseamlessly between the clarinets of Jonathan Sage and Heather Roche and exquisitely crafted soundworlds. This studio album is the result of a year-long collaboration with the visual artist Pip Dickens and takes as its starting-point the Japanese concept of shibusa' - a term that describes the inherent beauty in everyday objects. The surface simplicity of the music belies a real sophistication in sound design and meticulous balance between delicate evolving textures and melodic writing.
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