Japan is far away. Too far actually, but thanks to the Internet it is possible to get some glimpses into their culture. Their way of creating music. The sound of their language. 緑の箱庭 would be one interesting example for this.
The world is large and wide. She offers countless possibilities; for good and ill. Sounds, smells, noises and so many other things differ form country to country and thanks to the Internet it is possible to discover some of them; one just has to step out of one’s comfort zone. 緑の箱庭‘s music is mystical. The voice, this strange focal point of the first tracks has a distinct charm. What is it that can only be expressed so gently? In a way it appears as if the words would break and lose their meaning once too many energy is used in the act of speaking them, singing them. There is a sadness, but there is more. The sound is reassuring. It provides a certain comfort. While outside there may be a ravaging war and endless destruction, these tracks offer a small escape from those horrors.
The instruments’ part is simply their mere existence. All they need to do is lay the basis for the music and getting out of the way of the voice. Do not disturb. Do not create a counterpoint. Do not attempt to be more than some kind of melody in the background. Just a bit of ambient, a bit of drone, a bit of pop is all that is needed. No excessive playing around. A guitar, some electronic sounds or textures and noise elements are all that is actually needed.
The cover artwork is interesting as well. Those crumbled small pieces of paper are nothing but small reminders and nothing more. No big explanation. No artistic representation of the moods, atmospheres and facets. Just the name of the artist and of the release. You can hide those small scraps somewhere. Hidden from sight. Hidden from all those jealous bastards that cannot resist the temptation of possessing the treasures other have discovered before them. Scrunched up, those small pieces of parchment fit in every tiny hole. Once brought to light once more, maybe they reveal their mystical meaning again. Fill the air with these fragile tunes… ah maybe …
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