New Japanese Vibes (29) – Negative Headphone ‘Calling’

The rather enigmatic figure that is Negative Headphone takes us into an intense and sumptuous 8-minute ambient sonic journey.

Perhaps ‘Calling’ speaks to the idea of ‘process music’. It is a painfully gradual transition from an opening melodic riff that expands harmonically, and the sonic palette slowly snowballs with various sparkling electronic samples, mellow piano tones sporadically appearing and vanishing like little water droplets, a perpetual electric guitar-like propulsion and sonorous drumbeats cumulating towards an opulently textured pinnacle of ambient bliss, and then descends back to its original idea.

Other Info/Context

  • Negative Headphone also creates videos to accompany his music.

© Isaku Takahashi