v/a: Oto No Wa: Selected Sounds of Japan 1988-2018 (album review by Christa V.)

This CD marks the fifth installment of the Music For Dreams series. This work was made by Ken Hidaka, Max Essa, and Dr. Rob who got together a range of Japanese musicians to make chill music ranging from ambient to jazztronica. The first track is an excellent opener featuring more chill ambient noises to ease you into the record. “Coco and the Fish” gets things going more with interesting, jazzy percussive beats mixed with ambient sounds that float you along. This serves as a great warm-up for “Gradual Life,” one of the more unique tracks on the album featuring primarily improvised percussion. One final track to point out is track 10 which is more melodic and features steel drums to conjure up the waterline for you. All in all, a fascinating album that’s easy to overlook but hard to forget. Favorite tracks: 1, 5, 6, 10

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