Immersive soundscapes to get lost in.
In 2017, Sugai Ken’s “Japanese electronic-folklore” found a wider audience with the release of UkabazUmorezU on New York’s RVNG Intl. Since then, the Kanagawa-based artist has released two albums—Tele-N-Tech-Da and -yOrUkOrU-—each turning field recordings, garbled voices and twinkling ambience into something heavier. For Shinshunfu, Ken reunites with EM Records, the Japanese label behind his strange, synthetic recreation of a serene riverside soundscape, Goto No Yoniwa, or “garden in the night.” Joined by the koto performer Kōhei Amada on this split release, the homecoming frames the experimental musician’s work in a new light.
Image courtesy of EM Records