Tuesday, August 11, 2020
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Artist: Daisuke Miyatani
Title: Diario
Format: CD
Label: Schole (@)
Rated: *****
There's a sort of sentimental value behind the decision by Akira Kosemura's imprint Schole to re-release this album by Daisuke Miyatani, having been the first version released by German label Ahornfelder in 2007, as it seems that this collection of intimate musical sketches this guitarist from Awaji Island, who already appeared on Schole in 2008 on a collaboration with Sawako (the album "Hi Be No ne"), has been a sort of source for inspiration as well as a part of the definition of Schole sonic research. The record was entirely made by an acoustic guitar, fragile electronic sounds, field recordings and occasional parts of xylophone and other instruments or just objects, that are often assembled in quite raw recordings - as it's clear since the track "Edadone" for instance, made only by sly strokes of an acoustic guitar, followed by what sounds like the tapping on a glass, following the opening "View", where a 'glitch plated' field recording grabbed into a runaway train get abruptly interrupted after 37 seconds -. The fragmententation of many parts over the whole records, the sudden fading in/out seems to follow the stream of consciousness, the role of the perception of external world (sometimes a distraction, sometimes a part or a sparkle of inner talking) and the introspective breakouts, that often go with the drafting of a personal log in the pages of diary (the tile "Diario" is the Italian word for diary), are consistent both with the conceptual framework of the record and the mission/vision of Schole, in general. There are many moments when audiophile could dwell on the beauty of the sounds that Daisuke naively forged and the ones that he also made for the four previously unreleased tracks (I particularly appreciated the entrancing ambient of "Brew" and the antiquated sound of the final track "Kurasu"), that come as a bonus, but I recommend listening to it all in one breath!


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