masayoshi fujita Stories (CD, £11.50) due 27-07-2018label: Erased Tapes
Stories is the first vibraphone solo album by Berlin-based Japanese artist Masayoshi Fujita, best known under his alter ego el fog, and for his internationally acclaimed collaboration Bird, Lake, Objects with Jan Jelinek. This quietly exquisite album by Fujita, is like a book of illustration, painting 8 delicate pictures of small stories about the nature we are embracing..cloud, forest, river, swan and morning dews... things that we all are so familiar with, but yet so quaint. Masayoshi Fujita's style of solo vibraphone is uniquely inspired by classic and jazz music. In this beautiful album, in additional to some gorgeous strings and bowings, he also introduced some ingenious ideas in making unique sounds, like the usage of bead and aluminium foil on his vibraphone, like a prepared instrument. As such, "Stories" is a wonderful result of the beautiful vibration (of which the name Vibraphone came from) of all the delicate sounds produced in this album. They are poetic, they are melancholic, and they are lushly emotional. Mastered by Nils Frahm.