Solitary Universe – Eraldo Bernocchi & Chihei Hatakeyama (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Eraldo BernocchI & Chihei Hatakeyama - Solitary Universe 214 KBAt a point where sound becomes conceptual art, where songs are abandoned in favour of hypnotic soundtracks, where music goes beyond being merely minimal and seems to be created at an almost atomic level, that is where you find Solitary Universe the latest collaboration between Eraldo Bernocchi & Chihei Hatakeyama. A collection of five sound textures, these are certainly not songs and even to use the term music and all that it implies should be used cautiously, they are created by just two guitars but the treatment of them results in haunting, extremely ambient and smoke like pieces.

At its most active, which still by the standards of most recordings it remains dreamlike and intangible, it captures elements of Vangelisian future visions and the sounds of the vastness of space, often more akin to the incidental music that would enhance TV programs about natural history or cosmology.

It goes without saying that both musicians have interests which take them into many other artistic areas such as photography, visual and conceptual art as well as the more expected realms of composition and recording. Similar to the exploratory and gentle boundary pushing recordings of Dave Wesley, Solitary Universe is meditative and beguiling, wanders through its concepts at an almost glacial pace, and similarly challenges the listener as to where the boundaries of music, conceptual art and soundtrack even lie. Some music makes you feel, other music makes you think, Solitary Universe makes you do both.

It is worth noting that Solitary Universe is released via Aagoo a small label specialising in ground breaking and experimental music and if you are interested in this release you might also like to check out previous reviews of their music on this site –  Cup and connect_icut.

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