Friday, December 28, 2007

[Kazumasa Hashimoto|Euphoriam]歲末感受了幸福

Artist:Kazumasa Hashimoto
Release Date:2007-12-14
Label:Midi Creative / Noble
Style:Indie,Modern Classical,IDM,Ambient


01. Count My Sheep
02. Lonesome Girl
03. Euphoriam
04. Velvet 36
05. Londo
06. Vagrantones
07. Ballad
08. White Butterflies
09. Endless
10. Perhaps I Never Meet You
11. Goodbye Miss Wiggie


The Japanese Noble label, home to luminaries such as TENNISCOATS, continue their releases of albums dedicated to the concept of "music for a daily life". Readers of these pages know that Noble is very dear to us, and we consider it Japan's prime label for astute alert music. Some of you might also know that KAZUMASA HASHIMOTO is our favourite Noble samurai. We are therefore eager and thrilled to be able to offer you "Euphoriam" - the new album by Japan's brightest burning star - the warm, mystical and talentful Tokyo composer, digital alchemist and pianist KAZUMASA HASHIMOTO.

The new album, "Euphoriam" is Hashimoto's fourth album, follow up to "Gllia" (Noble, 2006), "Yupi" (Plop, 2003) and "The Second Epitaph" released in May of 2004 - the latter was reviewed in over 40 publications in Europe and America, with Germany's best music monthly DE:BUG awarding it 5/5 stars, and Hashimoto's works were also extensively used by BBC TV. On all three works, he showed his talent to initiate an astonishing fusion of rich acoustic and electronic sounds, with found sounds and field recordings, which found welcoming homes also outside of Japan. After a tour in Japan, and in the East Asia, followed by collaborations with World Standard and Shione Yukawa, "Euphoriam" is here released - an undertaking that took 18 months to complete.

We have come to love Kazumasa Hashimoto for his warm genre-transcending music, his delicate combination of academic musical theory, unrivaled creativity and digital alchemist skills. “Euphorium” sees Hashimoto take a more "traditional" shape, wherein he brings his light experimental softness to a more melodic pop body - pop music that is new yet nostalgic at the same time. Hashimoto plays and produces most of the instruments, from the piano, guitar, bass to drums accompanied by several guest artists playing violin and cello, and features more vocal tracks including M-5, featuring Gutevolk. The pop melodies and the elegant and sophisticated arrangements of the tracks stun, with their beautiful and breathtaking harmony.

Noble于14日發行了這張歲末壓軸唱片,日本音樂家橋本和昌(Kazumasa Hashimoto)的《Euphoriam》(幸福感)。這張唱片延續《Gllia》中巧妙結合電音與古典和輕搖滾的創作路線,以鋼琴為核心加上靈巧的嗶叭噪音所刻劃出的蔥鬱個人聲音世界,配合大量弦樂與管樂器增加音色的溫潤度,深具空間感的電聲處理,音樂滿佈雅致與多元的聲音亮點,加上這次大量使用美妙人聲吟唱,的確讓人聽出幸福的感覺,也讓樂迷更清楚感受到他努力追求的“futuristic pop”到底是什麼。

從《Yupi》、《Epitaph》、《Gllia》到這張《Euphoriam》,明顯可以感受到橋本對處理人聲的興趣一張比一張大,今次整張11首曲目當中演唱曲目就佔了8首之多,除了上回在《Gllia》中合作愉快的Uma Torrini繼續獻聲,日本女唱作人Hirono Nishiyama (Gutevolk) 也為曲目[Londo] 操刀演唱(橋本今年為Gutevolk專輯擔任製作人)、而專輯主題曲目”Euphoriam”則邀得Escalade樂隊的主腦Greg Sullivan友情獻唱。除了大量使用人聲,橋本音樂另一個重要變化是越來越甜蜜,《Euphoriam》更是開宗名義要你感受他音樂傳遞出的無比幸福感,不管是“Lonesome Girl”、“Euphoriam” 、“Velvet 36” 、“Perhaps I Never Meet You”等曲目,都滿溢如春天般悠揚愉快的氣息,我深信只有每天活在愉快氣息當中、樂天又帶點純真的人,才會創作出這樣子的音樂出來,並希望分享給大家。(引自節點)

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