Taishi Kamiya released his debut on Home Normal towards the end of 2010. ‘Spectra Of Air’ was met with critical acclaim and is a record that we have been constantly asked to re-issue since it sold out more or less upon its release.
When I initially received a demo of Taishi’s work many years ago now, I received his live improvisational pieces. ‘Spectra Of Air’ was a very different experience for me, as a more heavily processed and layered work made in studio. However, I was so taken with the initial live work that Taishi originally sent over I decided it would be a good opportunity to tie in the re-issue of ‘Spectra Of Air’ with a series of his live performances.
For those that haven’t heard Taishi’s work, his main instrument is the soprano saxophone. Whereas ‘Spectra Of Air’ showed us a very refined, carefully edited and processed sound stemming from this instrument, ‘Aroma Trace’ is a very beautiful, open experience, showing just how talented Taishi is in a live setting.
The release of ‘Aroma Trace’ will tie in with the re-issue of ‘Spectra Of Air’ on Home Normal later in August. It also once again sees Taishi collaborate with the super talented photographer, Liam Frankland, again for the cover art. Thank you.
released August 6, 2012
All tracks composed and played by Taishi Kamiya
Track 01, 02, 03 : Recorded by Mizuyuki Shirai in 2007
Track 04 : Recorded by Mizuyuki Shirai in 2008
Track 05 : Recorded by Monika Sandnesmo in 2011
Track 06 : Recorded by Taishi Kamiya in 2004
Mastered by Ian Hawgood
Photography by Liam Frankland
i am in the windless full-moon night, staring at the brittle ice twinkling in the light. it clings and silently chimes and drifts down like dust within the boughs of the birches. it sleeps in flashes and shines within the soft white blankets of the pine. i raise my breath and smother the moon with thick fog and walk back to the hiss of the fire Ews Nsj
This album so perfectly captures the soothing and inspirational nature of melancholy beauty that I am quickly transported to a place east of the sun and west of the moon, filled with endless magic and wonder. I am able to find serenity so easily, I find myself asking, as Keats wrote, "Was it a vision, or a waking dream? / Fled is that music: Do I wake or sleep?" Scott