Kakurenbo ~ Take, Run, Lookback.

a closer listen

coverThe first physical release from Unperceived Records, Take, Run, Lookback is a lovely way to launch the line.  A beautiful blue still photo graces the cover of the mini CD, lodged in a handmade paper sleeve.  To use the obvious line, Unperceived is now perceived.

This short yet endearing set comes from the Japanese duo Kakurenbo (Hide and Seek).  True to its name, the duo likes to hide little treasures within their recordings: droplets on “Yasugara”, the sea in “Tayutau”, toy piano and ukulele throughout.  Billed as ambient, the duo might also be considered electronic, especially given the stuttering beeps and bleats of key track “Dokoka”.  The inner pace may be slow, but the outer pace is swift, a heart of waltz with a nod to glitch.  The sounds wander from speaker to speaker like the sheets of rain shown on the cover.  The storm dances in the cracks between the…

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