(New Album Review) Masaya Ozaki- Fluid and Dreaming of Stripes

Another fine release from Eilean Records. Fluid and Dreaming of Stripes, New York based composer Masaya Ozaki’s first full length album, is further proof that Eilean’s output puts them at the forefront of labels with a meaningful aesthetic that will endure passing fads and pretensions.

Ozaki, born in Niigata, Japan and active in music from an early age, is a film composer who also makes lovely electroacoustic music. The pieces in Fluid and Dreaming of Stripes come to us from the other side of a liquid mirror. Ozaki’s production, similar in style to that of Brian Grainger’s A Warm Wooden Hollow, suspends his spare melodies underwater with the vagueness of a distant memory. The tones of a piano, plaintive without being saccharine, imbue the thick fog of treated sounds with dignified emotionalism.

Ozaki is obviously a composer who has studied the best offerings of sound art and art music with discretion and curiosity. The impassive melancholy of isolation ambient is not often so resonant.

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