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Physis (kk026)

by Opitope

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First up in the next new series of SPEKK is an album by Tokyo duo Opitope. Opitope is a duo by ambient master Chihei Hatakeyama and Tomoyoshi Date (from Illuha) and their 1st album “Hau” is still one of the best sellers in the SPEKK catalog. “Physis” is their 2nd album following their session recording album “A Colony of Kuala Mute Geeks” which was taken with their fellow musicians, and 7 years after the glorious “Hau” album.
“Physis” was entitled with the meaning of “invisible generating power within the nature”, and they have created 4 long stories (the concept of Opitope compositions are to produce tracks with “imaginative stories”)
with poetic names. Comparing to the “Hau” songs, you can easily find development in their production skills including recording, editing and mixing. And most remarkable is their songwriting. If you hear these 4 pieces on a headphone, not only you will be astonished by the detailed sounds, but they will also give you different impressions each time .. and the rest is up to you to perceive and construct your own story.
Lastly, this album was mainly produced after that terrible earthquake in Northeast Japan (2011), and whereas the story of “Hau” was a journal of travelling from the south to north, “Physis” is a story of the destructed
earth with just ruins and no signs of human beings, but gradually recovering from it’s soil into the usual green paradise. Simply breathtaking.

2007年にSPEKKからリリースした1st「Hau」が世界中で絶讃され、その後12kやHome Nomal、Kranky、room40など各国の老舗レーベルから個々に作品を発表してきたChihei HatakeyamaとTomoyoshi Dateによる電子音楽ユニットの、世界が待ち焦がれた2ndが遂に登場! 名盤1st以来約7年振りに満を持して発表する今作は、不可視な自然の「生成する力」“ピュシス”をテーマに紡がれた、ミニマルかつシネマティック、雪原に射す日差しのような輝かしさに溢れる4編の物語。SPEKK再始動と共に鳴らされる祝鐘ともいえる、途方もない美しさをもった電子音楽の歴史に刻まれるべき紛れもない傑作の誕生!!


released January 12, 2014

recorded during 2008 - 2011
all songs produced by opitope
mixed and mastered by opitope

paintings by shinji miyazawa
artwork design by mondii


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