This is Tomoroh Hidari (Ivory Bunker Records, Record Label Records, Isolate Records) first new album since 2012’s Some Stars not yet Black Holes, featuring tracks mostly composed over the last 2 or three years, with 1 or 2 going back even further.
Its texture is composed of a mix of field recordings, samples, lush synth pads and heavy basses and intricate beats; while guitars, melodica, toy and Theremin – all played by Hidarisan himself – also make an appearance.
Sword of no Sword
空 (read: ku – meaning: emptiness. In the Buddhist/Zen meaning)
秋 (read: aki – meaning: autumn)
猫ホップ (read: NekoHop)
メランコリー (read: Melancholy)
山寺 (read: Yamadera – meaning Mountain Temple. A Temple in Yamagata Prefecture)
Sketches of Pain
The title – 小さな夢達 (Chiisana Yumetachi) – translates as “Small Dreams”: In a world where we’re constantly told to dream big, it is about the Zen of the moment. It is about observing our thoughts and dreams: letting them come and go, rather than chasing after them.
The songs themselves are little vignettes, dealing with Zen (空/Ku) and Samurai philosophy (Sword of No-Sword – inspired by Miyamoto Musashi’s Book of 5 Rings), absurdism (Owl-Stretching Time), cats (猫ホップ/Nekohop), memories (山寺/Yamadera) and finish with a farewell to melancholy (Sketches of Pain).
released July 7, 2020
All music written and performed by Tomoroh Hidari
Cover artwork: dfkt. portfolio.dfkt.at
(Based on a photo by Tomoroh Hidari)