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Chihei Hatakeyama Minima Moralia

The track titles on Hatakeyama‘s debut alone provide a pretty good hint at what‘s inside: "Bonfire on the Field," "Granular Haze," and "Beside a Well" all invoke a sense of environment. Throughout the disc, moods, scenes, and feelings emerge, and the results are warm and free-floating. But while the layered tones are beautiful, the album overall could use more variety. The guitars underlying "Swaying Curtain in the Window" and "Towards a Tranquil Marsh," for example, give both tracks a distinctiveness that the disc misses in other places. There‘s a line, after all, between subtle and soporific.

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