Harold Nono/Hidekazu Wakabayashi belongs in any person’s collection that enjoys eclectic electronic/acoustic music in the vein of Brian Eno or Aphex Twin. Nono and Wakabayashi make an excellent duo.
Bearsuit Records continue to release music that's decidedly - and distinctly - offbeat and unusual with this offering, a collaboration between Harold Nono and Hidekazu Wakabayashi. A truly beautiful instrumental album.
Elements of Roy Budd (especially on the graceful ‘I’ve Heard Giants’) and Charles Atlas frequently filter in and out of the grooves like apparitions as do nods to Isan’s ‘digitalis’, l’augmentation / Pram (a la the lounge like ’Scobies Roundie’ - Trunk Records admirers be on alert) and early career Landshipping especially on the Cornelius styled ornate chime chill pop of ‘Teenage Desk’ with its lilting lullaby strokes and cooing baby chuckles. Faultless!
[The Sunday Experience]
The two musicians play keyboards, guitar, melodica, beat machines and much more, making every single cut an experience of joyous discovery.
Family’ features aching guitar lines, plangent piano keys and sublime harmonies. ‘Let’s Go Find Mushrooms’ is one of the more dreamlike offerings that is reminiscent of both Cornelius and The Beach Boys. [Leonards’ Lair]
A really interesting album ...It's a fantastic album actually!
[The Art Of Bleep - PBS FM Melbourne]
"Nobody Plays Baseball Here" by Harold Nono & Hidekazu Wakabayashi - splendid track!
[Stuart Maconie - BBC6 Music]
Its an absolutely fine quality that runs through these songs. Eleven excellent songs, moody, melancholic and sometimes cheerful, an excellent springtime Sunday afternoon release.
The record keeps the balance for the most part with an outrageously timeless charm and introspectiveness.
The pair conjure peaceful pastoralia in sonically rich settings built from splashes of acoustic and electric pianos, guitar shadings, autoharp strums, and mallet percussion tinkles and vocals - though Nono does manage to sneak in a bit of burning electric guitar on a track or two...
I’m sure odd sprites made of dust floated out of my speakers while I listened to the album - upon the final windy fade-out of Wild Blue Yonder, I turned to see that all the objects in the room had been somehow rolled into a giant ball in the corner…
[Die Shellsuit, Die]
[Nobody Plays Baseball Here] C&W jazz-glitch? very nice indeed!
Wordless poems. No words but no lack of emotion either. Tracks like "Let's Go Find Mushrooms" are curiously evocative and there is an elegant simplicity in the others.
Si tratta di un lavoro molto ispirato, di una delicatezza disarmante e devo ammettere che pur non inventandosi nulla il duo anglo-giapponese colpisce pienamente nel segno con una produzione ed una serie di arrangiamenti brillanti che illuminano un disco tanto semplice quanto riuscito.
released August 6, 2009
Written, recorded and produced by Harold Nono and Hidekazu Wakabayashi