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竜​の​ぬ​け​が​ら Ryu no Nukegara

by 7FO

泡 Hou 05:42
天 Ten 03:48
米 Mi 04:31
草 Sou 04:35


“Subtle, playful. Softly spoken yet speaks volumes. This is powerful stuff! The absence of music like this is what made me start producing…” —Jackson Bailey/Tapes

“Fairy-tale of dub new-age heaven. Rainbow scenery is spread out in my brain. It's hard for me to get out this world” —H.Takahashi

7FO: pronounced “nana f o” in English, “nana” being seven. Ryu no Nukegara: “dragon’ s husk” . These are the only difficulties you’ ll encounter here. This is warm, friendly, very relaxed music, very “understandable” and yet intriguing, sure to appeal to fans of electronic ambient, dub and chill-out music, as well as artists like Haruomi Hosono, Captain Ganja, La Monte Young, Equiknoxx and Tapes. The Osaka-based 7FO combines groovily sparse electronic percussion with similarly sparse dub-feel synth bass, as well as pentatonic synth and steel pan melodies, the latter with an intriguing Okinawa/Sunda/Malay feel. Sparkling dub-influenced processing and thoughtful mixing gives us a music which is trans-oceanic, warm, and enveloping. Following releases on RVNG, Bokeh Versions and Metron, Ryu no Nukegara is available on digital, CD and 12” LP, featuring a suite of four tracks and the 20-minute title track, whose titular dragon is Asian: a potent symbol of water, strength and good luck.

Cover art: Hiroto Higuchi (mineral)


released September 20, 2018


RVNG、Bokeh Versionsからオファーが舞い込み先に海外で注目度急上昇、日本は置いてけぼり?という声も聞こえますが待ちなさい。われわれはこの才能がストーンドして爆発するのをじっと待ち続け、遂に覚醒の時が来た。

7FOの特徴はアンビエント/ニューエイジ的なシンセ・エレクトロニクスを天然のエスニックさでダブ/レゲエっぽく処理する点だ。そのセンスこそが、時代が求める音を生み出し、RVNG的ニューエイジ電子音楽系、ニュールーツ・リバイバルからベースミュージック、La Monte YoungからEquiknoxxのファンにまで越境し支持される理由だ。喩えるなら、もしYEN/Monad期の細野晴臣が2010sベースシーンに登場したらどうなっていたかというポテンシャルを秘める。あのTapesに「これで俺が音楽作る理由が無くなった…」と言わしめた、7FOのランドマークとなるであろうナチュラルハイ無添加チルアウト決定盤。樋口寛人氏による装丁がこの音の視覚化に成功。


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