Friday, September 01, 2006
Dragging myself briefly into the 21st Century...
Japanese acoustic laptop folk is not a genre I claim to know a great deal about but a couple of years back I came across the music of Ogurusu Norihide and fell in love with the gentle melodies and glitchy under-stated beats. It's all instrumental stuff - mostly acoustic guitars with a bit of piano & synth but there is something quite pastoral and almost English about what he is doing - and the numerology of his track titles is always likely to appeal to me!
Ogurusu has released a couple of CD's on American label Carpark Records and done gigs in the US & Sweden (which appears to be the home of EVERYTHING cool at the moment) as well as his native Japan. Not sure if he's ever played in the UK, but I'd love to see him over here one day.
Ogurusu Norihide - 4-46
Ogurusu Norihide Website (in Japanese & English) with more mp3 samples
Carpark Records of Washington DC
Ogurusu Norihide - Modern on Amazon
Ogurusu Norihide - Humour on Amazon