Natsukashii
Driving East


3.5
great

Review

by Scuro F. STAFF
November 25th, 2018 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A pleasant trip.

According to certain unsubstantiated rumours, Natsukashii’s minimalist ambient gem Driving East was recorded somewhere in Japan sometime during the 80s. Needless to say, this is quite a vague backstory. Although it was never officially released until now, it has allegedly garnered a small cult following across the years all the same. About its conjectured history and opaque publishing status, I cannot speak, but as to its quality as a musical product, there's certainly much to recommend it. Employing glassy tones with bell-like clarity, this brief album effortlessly induces a calming effect and melts away worries like the summer sun liquifies ice-cream. Largely consisting of skeletal synth melodies popping and clinking together, Natsukashii does a lot with a little. This mysterious project interweaves simple chord progressions and pretty keyboard lines in repetitive swelling patterns, facilitating spacey harmonic contemplation. The best way I can think to express what’s going on isn't really ideal for this format, because I seem compelled to use pseudo-onomatopoeia: it goes tinkle and buzz, lilt and twinkle, tick and boop. Everything is so airy and free flowing that Driving East feels alive and in stasis at the same time; it's a passive observer and an active participant, reminiscing about times gone by while enjoying the moment. So, whether or not this little new-age number was really uncovered from the past and presented afresh, as the tale claims, it is nevertheless a satisfying myth for a record which offers nostalgic reflection while projecting a positive future.

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ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
November 24th 2018


11662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

https://deadbison.bandcamp.com/album/driving-east



Little piece, little album. Enjoy.

Digging: Windswept - The Onlooker

hal1ax
November 24th 2018


13033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i enjoy this

J() Alexander
November 24th 2018


5686 Comments


Looks interesting.

Digging: Noise - ??

AsleepInTheBack
November 25th 2018


5917 Comments


always adore your short and sweet approach to reviewing, keep it up < 3

this sounds lovely

butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
November 25th 2018


9441 Comments


short and lovely.. always the mental pos for ya, Scuro..

Digging: A.R. and Machines - Die Grune Reise

Sniff
November 25th 2018


5349 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is big cool

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2018


11662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for reading all (:

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2018


3143 Comments


cassette foldout artwork oh my, will czech

Darius the Great
November 25th 2018


19761 Comments


yes that artwork is big diy very cool

Sniff
November 25th 2018


5349 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I took the artwork straight from bandcamp for extra cvltness

Archelirion
November 25th 2018


5639 Comments


(:
Lovely little write-up man. Got this one on the backlog so should be getting to it soon.

Dewinged
November 25th 2018


14473 Comments


Sweet and short Scuro. I have this on Apple Music and his pic is that of an old man with a very respectable white beard. Absolutely checking it.

Digging: Motorpsycho - The Crucible

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2018


11662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Aaron (:



@Dewi haha, I'm glad that instead of words of praise, it was the old man's respectable beard that sold you on checking out this album.

Dewinged
November 26th 2018


14473 Comments


It was both, it was both ;)

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2018


24331 Comments


CUTE REVIEW AW
#putsmilesattheendofrevs

iglu
November 26th 2018


1300 Comments


I was gonna name one of my albums natsukashii

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2018


11662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol



Thanks Con (:

hal1ax
November 26th 2018


13033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not many people put the mouth on the left.. weird

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2018


11662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just a habit from some sites which convert a right smiley into a yellow emoticon, I prefer them to stay typed.

hal1ax
November 26th 2018


13033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ahh i see. yes i am not a fan of le conversion either



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