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Step Right Up: Hakobune

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Stefano Guzzetti (AKA Sardinia-based composer Waves On Canvas) has recently set up his own label Pure Wave Recordings. Beginning this exciting venture is the release of ‘Watching The Prescribed Burn’, a stunning record by Japanese composer Takahiro Yorifuji in his Hakobune guise.  

Words: Mark Carry, Illustration: Craig Carry

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Hakobune is the alias for renowned Japanese artist Takahiro Yorifuji. His latest work is entitled ‘Watching The Prescribed Burn’, released last month on Pure Wave Recordings. The album consists of divine ambient music, where the elements of electric guitar, electronic devices and laptop computer creates a gorgeous ebb and flow. This music is slow and mesmerising. A calmness and positivity descends upon the listener, making ‘Watching The Prescribed Burn’ a sonic voyage of immense solace and hope. The album is perfect headphone listening. The slowly evolving ambient opuses are akin to a gradual sunrise or the fading embers of a sun at dusk. Beauty in all its shapes and forms. I recall artists such as Stars Of The Lid, Brian Eno and Marsen Jules when describing Yorifuji’s awe-inspiring music.

Pure Wave Recordings is the newborn label of Sardinian composer Stefano Guzzetti, also known as Waves On Canvas. The label focuses on producing short cd-r runs of titles ranging from ambient to electronica, neo-classical and experimental music. The visual identity of the label is based on the creative output of the English photographer Richard Outram, already known for his work for established labels such as Home Normal, Somehow Recordings, Twisted Tree Line, and others.

The release of Hakobune’s album, ‘Watching The Prescribed Burn’ is the label’s first release. This remarkable album is a fitting beginning for Guzzetti’s label. The description from the accompanying press release says it all: “the listener is just taken by the hand and brought to vast and lovely landscapes, well crafted by the art of Hakobune himself.” Let yourself be immersed in the peaceful, melodic soundscapes and discover the many hidden layers of detail embedded in the sonic terrain.

My highlight is the penultimate track, ‘In Your Absence’. The electric guitar is placed in the foreground of the mix. The beautiful drone of pulses fade in and fade out like a long breath of fresh air. This music belongs in the realm of Christian Fennesz and Ryuichi Sakamoto. The music is reflected in the title as I feel the weight of absence pulling on the strings of a hungry heart. Across the album’s six tracks, a collage of heavenly ambient creations are formed, culminating in one spectrum of beautiful and complete sound.

Hakobune’s record marks the first of many compelling and engaging releases, to be released by Pure Wave Recordings. This small cd-r label operating in Sardinia is one of the many small wonders operating in the world today, bringing us precious music such as this. We look forward immensely to many more albums soon to be born out of Guzetti’s label.

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‘Watching The Prescribed Burn’ is out now on Pure Wave Recordings.

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http://hakobune.bandcamp.com

http://www.purewaverecordings.com/main/home.html

http://purewaverecordings.bandcamp.com

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March 8, 2013 at 11:09 am

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