(New Album Review) Basho- Japan [EP]
Basho is a moniker of Portland-dwelling electronic musician, photographer, and swell guy Dominic Voz. On his new self-released EP Japan, the tactile, airy, rambunctious melodies, microbeats, and textural accoutrements of Basho’s generally house-based soundscapes act as tour guide through a blurred maze of crowded streets, buzzing screens, sprawling parks, lazy evenings. The meshing of digital stutters and field-recordings gives that strong sense of simulacra melding with everyday beauty that music press was so eager to label “folktronica”. The truth is that there isn’t a buzzword in existence that can describe the playfully ethereal vibe this music brings out, so forget it. Fix your mind on something between Four Tet and Haruka Nakamura and you should have a good idea of what this one is about.
And hey! Check out this great music video for “Don’s Dream” by video artist Kevin Nagler: