Nº 3 FJORDNE – THE SETTING SUN
FJORDNE’s new album from Kitchen. Label is inspired by the evocative descriptions of simple things in Dazai Osamu’s novel of the same name (Shayo), a story of an aristocratic family in decline and the moral lapses of its members. Sidestepping the novel’s content, FJORDNE recreates the introspection and pastoral lyricism of Dazai’s language into poignant chapters of musicial eloquence.
In “trees see all,” he plays a simple piano etude while stranded in a humid fog that crackles and gurgles with bursts of wet static. One of the most ravishing tracks, “after you,” is a walk in a wet forest after the rain. Raindrops sliding off leaves, glints of sunlight bouncing off the raindrops. FJORDNE paints this dappled scene with a mottled collage of sounds. It seems as if the track will stretch on forever, as you linger around to hear electronic glitches twinkle and patter in this leafy grove. “After you –,” indeed; letting the environment talk, bowing to the course of the weather as it leaves a glistening trail of sounds behind it.
Light and greenery get a very different treatment in “rustle of leaves (after sunset)” (the setting sun has fully disappeared now). Bristling rumbles of sound layered over stuttering drones. This is a metropolitan twilight – where else would the wind in the trees sound so beautifully choked and congested? These digital tones are a wistful metaphor for the steady encroachment of pastoral soundscapes in our concrete cities. Not actually the sound of fluttering foliage, but rather a distant memory and reverie of it, pining after splendid sunsets.
“The Setting Sun” is available on CD + Artbook and digital formats on 1st August 2009. The physical CD copy comes in a professionally offset printed customized 6 fold concertina portfolio, the essence of “THE SETTING SUN” is made visible by artwork provided by April Lee. Employing the progression and pause of time, the flow of the images gently echo FJORDNE’s interpretation to reveal this carefully hidden world.
Based in Tokyo, FJORDNE is the solo project of Fujimoto Shunichiro (b.1980). Focused on two concepts, “sound texture” and “twisted time”, he utilises an array of acoustic instruments and transforms his sounds into a new time span using the laptop computer. Within a year in 2008, FJORDNE released 3 albums ”UNMOVING” (u-cover, Belgium), “The Last 3 Days of Time” (Dynamophone Records, USA) and “Stories apart from the world” (Ryoondo Tea, Japan), This was followed by another EP “light passes on through a layer” (SEM label, France) before his fourth album “The Setting Sun” (Kitchen. Label) was released in August 2009. — Read more
- CATALOGUE NO.
CD + Artbook / Digital
Jazz, Ambient, Electronic
13.5 x 13.5cm
6 fold concertina portfolio, offset printed, full color on uncoated paper
- RELEASE DATE
1 August 2009
- “The Setting Sun is an intelligent and literate effort; it breaks the boundaries of modern ambience and may someday be viewed as a touchstone in the field. 8/10″ – The Silent Ballet Top 30 albums of 2009.
— The Silent Ballet, USA
- “FJORDNE pastoralia at its best” – Textura Top albums of 2009, Honourable mention.
— Textura, Canada
- “p*dis staff’s top 10 albums of 2009″
— Inpartmaint In / p*dis
- “The Setting Sun is a unique and beguiling entity. Stunningly beautiful.”
— Brainwashed, USA
- “Easily putting plenty contemporary composers to shame.”
— Tokafi, Germany
- “Best of 2009, music for the frosty night when i miss your warm light’
— Headphone Commute, USA
- “FJORDNE´s music evokes an old world patinated by loving overuse. It’s almost perfect”
— Sonomu, UK
- “Probably the best ambient I have heard in a long time. Perfectly fitting, equally beautiful, overall great piece of art”
— Cracked, Austria
- “Délivrant une musique cristalline, presque précieuse, et invitant à la contemplation.” 7/8
- EtheREAL, France
- “The lush and personal soundscapes of FJORDNE on a leisurely saunter throughout nature and everyday life.’
— Soundscaping, Norway
- ‘The music is created with care and there is a certain beauty about it that is not easy to describe” 7.7/10
— EARlabs, The Netherlands