Takumi Akaishi’s music is like a delicate shadow box garden, a miniature sonic world unto itself. Following the release of his debut LP Music for Hurdy Gurdy (2012) and first cassette tape Naked Tape and Others (2013), Akaishi garnered critical acclaim for his fidelity to the hurdy gurdy mantle, filtered through a uniquely gentle, almost hazy touch. His tracks are interjected with ambient noise culled from the quotidian cityscape, complementing the characteristic “flatness” underpinning his oeuvre. Memoria represents the culmination of six years in incubation, the distillation of experience relived in the form of beautifully distorted memory.
Takumi Akaishi / hurdy gurdy, tube amp, tapes
Composed and performed by Takumi Akaishi. Memoria was recorded between 2006 and 2007, 2014, 2017 in Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Hakodate, Lisbon.