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Review: 'Illuha'

-  Album: 'Shizuku' -  Label: '12K'
-  Genre: 'Ambient' -  Release Date: '18th October 2011'-  Catalogue No: '12K1067'

Our Rating:
Tokyo duo Illuha, whose name is a play on ‘island’ in Portugese, have produced a debut album of graceful ambience using an array of instruments captured using some unusual recording methods. Recorded in a century-old church, the set-up included ambient and quad-microphone techniques to bring the rich tones and textures of their compositions to life. The result is really quite magical.

Delicate strings and sparse piano drift cloud-like on ‘Rokuu’. Incidental dulcimer chimes and subtle ambience softly trails just beneath to bring depth but never disturbs the tranquil mood. Even with the introduction of voice – Japanese poet Tadahito Ichinoseki recites one of his works on ‘Saika’, the spell remains unbroken.

Ethereal, translucent, ‘Shizuku’ is not an album that builds drama or tension, and instead the minimalist sounds maintain a rolling plateau across the five pieces to create an album that’s altogether restful.

Illuha Online
  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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Illuha - Shizuku