角銅真美 Kakudo Manami

角銅真実 Kakudo Manami’s compositional craft has a special power to take one’s audible senses into the unknown. A percussionist, composer and a keen eye for art and drawing manga, the Nagano prefecture born musician boasts an eccentric musical personality that shares traits from both contemporary and popular territories.

Kakudo’s music conveys a strong interest towards minimalist aesthetics. 小さなトラック ‘Chiisana Torakku’ (‘A Small Track’) is a strong example that embraces minimal approaches. Under the duo name 文角 Bunkaku (*taking a character from each name) Kakudo alongside BUN imai engage in a repetitive musical conversation based on a riff from the pianica and melodion which fluctuates between two chords and a sweet melodic motif from the sparkling glockenspiel, growing towards jarring distortion sounds and dwindling into more intimate solos. With minimal material (both instrumentally and musically), Bunkaku manage to brew a perpetual cycle of energy that speaks to the likes of Steve Reich and Philip Glass.

The poignant quality of わたしのすいか ‘Watashi no Suika’ (‘My Watermelon’) perhaps attests for a vision of cinematic musical portraits. The track consists of a solo piano for the most part unwinding at a gentle pace with a silky ascending melodic pattern and sonorous harmonies, like a serene flow of water. At sporadic moments, bursts of ornamentation and tonal dissonances are scattered like raindrops or impurities forming ripples on a lagoon. Shy vocal utterances from Kakudo reveal itself as the piece dies down to a faint conclusion.

Gamla stan’ is a personal favourite, perhaps because of the way it relieves my audible senses from any troubles and disturbances with simple musical and sonic ideas. Evocative of a Sigur Ros-like meditative sound world, the track wanders through like velvet with tranquil harmonic progressions and melodies from the electric piano and the hazy yet smooth vocals of Kakudo.

On the façade Kakudo Manami’s music appear simple, yet closer attention will immerse listeners in an exhibition of enchanting sonic experiences.

Other Listening:

  • Wine Song
  • Febuary 1
  • kaeru

© Isaku Takahashi

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