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Various Artists Small Melodies

Keen observers will hear the subtleties that differentiate these 14 "small melodies" compiled by Spekk‘s Nao Sugimoto, who also handles each release‘s high-concept graphic design (the white book Melodies comes in is adorned with silver foil flowers). Listening passively, the tracks blend together in a sonorous wave, anchored by a hum that pervades the album. Aen‘s "Film" seems to eavesdrop on a lonesome party guest, running his finger slowly around a wineglass rim, while Anderegg‘s "Inside/Outside" is sediment flowing through a glinting brook-the rest of the tracks could be described as 4 a.m. in sonic form. Surprises await you, if you can stay awake.

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