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Visible Cloaks – Resident Advisor podcast #560 2017-02-20

20 February, 2017 (09:51) | Resident Advisor podcasts | By: Core News

“Beyond the Fourth World.
Visible Cloaks’ mix from 2010, Fairlights, Mallets and Bamboo — Fourth-world Japan, years 1980-1986 was a gateway into an enthralling subset of Japanese music. The selection sounded electronic and futuristic yet organic and ancient, experimental and exploratory yet accessible and warm. It seemed to emanate from a place that couldn’t be pinned down geographically, emanating instead from an unknown place in the imagination.
This is brought to life in startling fashion on Ryan Carlile and Spencer Doran’s latest LP for RVNG Intl, Reassemblage, a record both wary of exoticism and informed by non-Western music, particularly that of Japan. The title is taken from a film by Trinh T. Minh-ha, which emphasised the impossibility of directly understanding other cultures. Visible Cloaks’ music takes a similar course, condensing the energy of disparate global influences into a sound world that uses gaps in understanding and modern sound design to create something new.
Visible Cloaks’ RA podcast is a continuation of this thinking. Drawing heavily on big names in Japanese music like Haruomi Hosono and Ryuichi Sakamoto, a rich narrative is stitched together by interspersing masters of European concrète, American avant-garde eccentrics and Chicago house artists. Despite spanning disparate decades and nations, the thread passing through the mix is undeniably futuristic.”
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Comment from Daniel
Time February 24, 2017 at 2:30 am

Absolutely awesome mix, already one of my favourites from RA! Especially can’t get that Jimmy Murakawa track out of my head, that weird combination of new wave and Far East harmonies. Released one album 35 years ago, hasn’t even seen a CD release, that mysterious cover… I’d love to hear what that man has been up to since 1982! Certainly not much to be found on him on the English language web. Also really love the other track off the album that I could find on YouTube, “Down? Down, Down!”, especially the bit that starts at 1:10. It’s been on loop =D