After the huge success of his previous albums “Lang” and “Curvelands”, Yasuhiko Fukuzono (aka aus) quickly became one of the top electronic artists in Japan. And “After All” is the 6th album from his own label flau, following the highly acclaimed “Curveland” which was released on Moteer in 2007. All the tracks are brand new based on the songs he made when he was a teenager.
The deep opening track produced by mondii (Spekk/Plop) with vocals by Sylvan Chauveau “Water Paintings” serves as a thick door to the following pleasant adventures of aus tracks featuring great guest artists from around the world such as Craig Tattersall (aka The Remote Viewer / The Boats), Lindsay Anderson (L’altra), Andreas Berger (glim), Cokiyu, Geskia and Yukiko Okamoto. What’s so special about this release among his others is that compared to his more electronic and instrumental based previous albums, most of the tracks in “After All” features vocals and the lyrics were also written by this artist which reveals his song writing skills. The album also includes 3 brilliant remixes by The World on Higher Downs, Motoro Faam and Ametsub.
The compilation features 12 tracks from some of the globe’s most talented sound-designers. It is a subtly rewarding headphone listen from start to finish; curated and ordered to purposefully induce a state of sleep. Starting off minimally, gradually gathering tone and atmosphere, the experience goes on without ever boiling over or reaching a crescendo. Parts of the album are light and restful whereas traces of it tread darker territory. All in all, the imagery that the album conjurs sits perfectly as a soundtrack to the dreams one experiences during a nights sleep.
Inside the book: 36-pages from Internet monsters Everything Is Terrible!; interviews with musician Robert Scott (the Clean, the Bats) and writer Amelia Gray; music profiles of S. Fla’s finest, The Jacuzzi Boys, and UK ’90s cult band Disco Inferno; fiction by Stacey Levine; photographs by Ted Barron and Gracie Remington; art by Saul Chernick, Pavel Tchelitchew, Cassie Ramone, Ilyas Ahmed.