Benoit B

Japonaiserie

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Record Label
Berceuse Heroique

About this item

After an excellent outing on Versatile last year and a pair of wonderfully wigged out releases on his own Banlieue Records, Berlin-based Parisian Benoit B lands at Berceuse Heroique with a striking tribute to the Japanese electronics of the 80s. "Japonaiserie" was the term the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh used to express the influence of Japanese art. But where VVG & co. sought out the minimalist beauty of ukiyo-e wood prints, Benoit looks to Hiroshi Sato, Akira Ito, Hiroshi Yoshimura and YMO, creating his own minimalist masterpiece of glassy tones and wooden rhythms. A futuristic vision, "Japonaiserie" opens with the skyscraping electronics and echoing percussion idents of "Tokyo Hi Life", before relaxing into the crystalline calm of "Compassion And Release", a contemplative number for thoughtful afternoons in the Fortress of Solitude. The shuffling bass arps of "Far Distant Star System" instantly conjure images of cosmic splendour, wonderfully enhanced by the sparkling eastern synth leads, before the taiko drumming of "100 Echoes" closes the side with a more traditional take on the 80s Japanese underground. Over to the flipside and Benoit fuses flutes and sequences for the Visible Cloaks-styled "Les Pays Extérieurs", then goes deep into brooding synth territory for the gloomy "Electric Town", an anime soundtrack in search of its characters. Finally the gorgous mallets and twinkling keys of "Wet Cellophane" bring proceedings to a close, rounding out a beautifully produced record which goes far deeper than a simple pastiche of its excellent influences.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Essential listening for fans of the ambient electronics of 80s Japan or those recent imitators/innovators Visible Cloaks. A meditative, melodic and beautifully realised project from the French producer.

TRACK LISTING

1. Tokyo Hi Life
2. Compassion And Release
3. Far Distant Star System
4. 100 Echoes
5. Les Pays Extérieurs
6. Electric Town
7. Wet Cellophane

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