竜のぬけがら Ryu no Nukegara

by 7FO

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“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)

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released September 20, 2018

Captain Ganja + 細野晴臣 + A.ラッセル!? これが噂の浄土ダブ・ニューエイジ・ベース!あのTapesも惚れ込んだ天然の才、7FOの全曲新録アルバム!!!! ほのかに草の香り漂う涅槃用BGMでフワフワ~と白昼夢体験~。

RVNG、Bokeh Versionsなど先端レーベルからオファーが舞い込み先に海外で注目度急上昇中、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!我々はこの才能がストーンドし爆発するのをじっと待ち続け、遂にその時が来た!!!!!!

7FOとこれまでの電子音楽作家との決定的な違いは、アンビエント~ニューエイジなシンセ・エレクトロニクスを天然のエスニックさでダブ~レゲエっぽく処理してしまう、欧米勢にもない感覚を宿している点だ。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・リバイバルからエクストリームな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たか?という、まだまだ謎のポテンシャルを秘める。そんな『竜のぬけがら』の魅力は、かえって何も知らない人に聞かせたほうが真価を真っ直ぐ受けとれる!?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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