I have been in a somewhat slow mood these past few days for reasons I wont get into here, but in this time I have found myself falling in love with music that is just barely music. Music so fragile, simple, and organic that it drifts in and out of my listening seamlessly. It gives my mind a place to sit while I work. I guess you could say I’ve had trouble focusing which is why this music has been so great to have around. I think the buzzword for this genera at the moment is folktronica, which I remember first hearing used with the release of a Greg Davis album. In essence, its electronic music made using more acoustic sounds like guitar or piano but using the computer to compose and sequence the songs. I never put much validity into the idea of these countless amounts of sub-genera’s these days but I’m telling you all of this simply as a reference as what to expect.
At any rate, the album that has really sucked me in this past week is an album by Daisuke Miyatani called Diario. It is one of the most subtle things I have heard in a long time and the more I listen to it the more it fades into me in some way that I cant explain. Full of lo-fi sampling and loose, quiet plucked guitars. At times songs will trail off and disappear suddenly which I didn’t really like at first but the more I listen the more I like these sudden endings on a few of the songs, it helps bring you back to the present after getting lost in the song.
So anyone in the need of some great thinking music should check out this album. Here is a link to the amazon mp3 page (not an affiliate link) and a link to the labels page. I think I may discuss more artists from this genera in the future as I have taken a liking to many of them…