Haruki is the pseudonym of composer/sonic artist Boris Snauwaert from Ghent, Belgium, who creates sonic environments through the precise, meditated amalgamation of a diverse variety of sounds, both musical and non-musical. In any given track Haruki combines any or all sound sources; field recordings, acoustic instruments, acoustic noises, found samples, sampled instruments and so on.
Now that we have that covered, we may as well talk about the album itself right? Well the truth is, this bio really does cover the work of Haruki rather well, as ambiguous as it is. Haruki’s work is so open and various, its hard to keep up but keep up I have and been a fan of his work for a long time now. Falling is probably the deepest NKR release to date, maybe one of the deepest records to emerge in a long time. Lots a bass instruments are used such as tuba, double bass, and the ilk, alongside some circuit bent keyboards, piano, stomp boxes, field recordings, among other things. This gives it a wonderfully organic feel and development, and unlike a lot of laptop-based music, its much more live sounding, perhaps an appropriate background being a seedy Brussels bar (I do love Brussels at night). Haruki continues to push open the envelopes around him in the broodiest of ways.
“Whilst Haruki may occupy the same general musical territory as offthesky, there are a few distinctive points of separation, as the guttural bottom end of opening track ‘Shrinking Cities’ makes abundantly clear. The strident and visceral ‘When To Stumble and When To Fall’ also moves into a much more cinematic and (in places) noir-ish sphere. The humming bass tones give this release a weighty punch, and any of the four pieces could sit alongside releases of any exponent of restrained dark ambient with dignity. “So, Now We’re Even’, despite its vindictive name, is a more emotionally even piece – less oppressive than some that precede it, doing a good job of clearing the sound palette before rumbling closer ‘Tall As Tails’”. – Fluid Radio
As a sort of pantheist, or at least an artist who finds great stories hiding in the vast visual subtleties of nature – Subtle Trees is a classical music collage as much as it is an homage to classical music. It’s core is created through sounds gathered in the owl hours by sampling ancient instruments whose cores were derived from the trees of nature. These sounds were layered like lichen on an ancient pantheistic sculpture.
Walden Pond’s Monk is the brand new album from Portuguese musician and composer Tiago Sousa. Following the limited vinyl-only album InsÃ³nia released in 2009 on German label Humming Conch, Walden Pond’s Monk is the first album from Sousa released worldwide on both CD and LP formats.
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.