Masaya Ozaki
Fluid And Dreaming Of Stripes


3.5
great

Review

by Tristan Jones EMERITUS
February 4th, 2015 | 27 replies


Release Date: 02/02/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hard a'starboard

Fluid And Dreaming Of Stripes is an album of detached longing. Amidst the soft static and hums is a sole instrument, with no tempo or direction - lost. It is music best served to periods of aimless thoughts, with a subconscious desire to veer towards something, anything. Japanese composer Masaya Ozaki employs a minimalistic approach, using a piano, guitar, ukulele, or synthesizer to invoke unwavering calmness, yet inserts hints of uncertainty. If the title is any indication, Ozaki’s full-length debut is a slowly careening vessel trying to correct its course, but inching the wheel ever so slowly, almost indifferently. It’s as though you’re skydiving in slow motion, with fifty minutes to spare and only a few adjustments needed to hit your mark. It mirrors my own motivation in its present state: I have goals - important ones - but I’m moseying towards them, willfully ignorant of any consequences, and spoiled with comfort and faux-serenity. It’s a state of mind I’ve slipped into as a coping mechanism for disappointment. I’m sick of minor failures, but not to the point of abandoning goals entirely.

The compositions seem to parallel this thought process; they're largely at peace, yet ridden with minor worries, which are glazed over with grainy textures and tape loops. Opener “Uprooted Space” utilizes subtle piano melodies bolstered with soft, lambent tones, putting the listener at ease; yet, there is still a trace of yearning. As the song progresses, it’s a desire for those fleeting notes, scattered almost at random. It’s a piece reliant on the effectiveness of extended breaks, accentuating these notes tenfold. “Ceaselessly” features tactful electroacoustics, coinciding beautifully with a misshapen ukulele. Ozaki’s instruments are diverse, but utilize similar techniques, pairing random rhythms with slow, enveloping melodies. “In Transit” is the most subtle track on the album, with a cloudy ambience so frail, a small gust of wind might dissipate it. Layers of tape segments give the song a faint stutter, and the song progresses little by little. The titular closing track is somber, with a hollow tone and a warped, gloomy melody. The lo-fi aura is as fuzzy as the thoughts pervading it, as the piano yearns for structure and certainty, but is awash with doubts. Every track is thematically similar, but distinct in tone - even if only slightly - and the closer is notably dark.

As Fluid concludes, the sense of longing isn’t what it used to be. I no longer find myself detached; rather, I want the background noises to drown me in cacophony. I want the piano to erupt, gaining cadence and passion rather than lumbering along cautiously. It makes me empathetic, casting my own sensibilities into the barren soundscape. Masaya Ozaki has crafted sparse beauty, allowing self-reflection to fill the negative spaces.



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JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
February 4th 2015


6732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

http://eileanrec.bandcamp.com/album/fluid-and-dreaming-of-stripes

http://www.eilean-records.com

thx EO for the proofread

Let
February 4th 2015


1638 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great review, checking out the first track right now

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
February 4th 2015


6732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cheers, lemme know what ya think.

treeqt.
February 4th 2015


16963 Comments


gonna listen whenever it appears on slsk

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
February 4th 2015


6732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's not even on RYM so idk man might be another Kate Carr scenario

treeqt.
February 4th 2015


16963 Comments


that appeared on slsk already

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
February 4th 2015


6732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ah, that's good =]

cryptside
February 4th 2015


2397 Comments


Beautiful review, man. Need to check this.

Let
February 4th 2015


1638 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Eh, didn't do a whole lot for me, but I do like In Transit. So how do you find these obscure albums that you review? Do you just browse bandcamp a lot? jw

Phlegm
February 4th 2015


7248 Comments


Ozaki’s full-length debut is a slowly careening vessel trying to correct its course, but inching the wheel ever so slowly, almost indifferently. ❤♥❤♥❤


lovely write up J, listened to this tonight accompanied with the rain and it was a very affirming experience =] appreciate the recommendation

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
February 4th 2015


6732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

np phlemmm



@let - that's not a bad starting point if I don't mind wading through a whole bunch of garbage lol, but there's a few labels and blog spots I follow fairly regularly too.

YakNips
February 4th 2015


19835 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

LOVIng this

riffariffic7
February 4th 2015


488 Comments


This is an amazing review, Tristan. Really great, phenomenal writing. The review was literally a breeze to get through. Not sure if I'm interested in the album, but you've definitely inspired me to give it a chance. I look forward to future reviews from you. Keep up the awesome work. Thumbs up from me.

YakNips
February 4th 2015


19835 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

passed out listening to this in photography it was a great time

Lethean
February 4th 2015


1488 Comments


so cloudy

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2015


11724 Comments


*ukulele. Great review though Johnny, I'm very intrigued by this, and if both you and Yak like it there's got to be something going for it.

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Phlegm
February 4th 2015


7248 Comments


um do i not exist

treeqt.
February 4th 2015


16963 Comments


do y o u

treeqt.
February 4th 2015


16963 Comments


you're a great user itchy stay strong brother

Atari
Staff Reviewer
February 5th 2015


24837 Comments


very nice review man, pos

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