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[ Fluid Radio ] Blending acoustic instruments, field recordings and electronic tones, Hideki Umezawa has created an atmospheric and evocative work… The album begins with Snow Piles. Long tasteful drones rise slowly like the sunrise in deepest winter and brittle bells ring out into frigid air. As time passes, the track evolves into a lush landscape, the listener hearing discrete electronics and snatched whispers.

In Winter Came Again, the sound manipulation is more pronounced, Umezawa cuts and reverses notes, causing unexpected rhythms in this slow burning number. Every note is expertly played and the minutes pass the listener by in a moment. By the time Fallen has begun, each piece is beginning to blend into one mass of shimmering beauty. As Umezawa gradually reveals another aspect to his works, there are subtle shifts in time and tone. The track is underscored by a recording of somebody walking through the snow, footfalls epitomising the sound of winter. At almost nine minutes, the listener is taken on a journey as refreshing as a walk through the snow.

Bottom Of Bottle sounds like icicles in the wind, falling and crashing as if the first sign of Spring has come and the snow is finally starting to melt. The organic is mixed with the digital so well that each subtle sound is inseparable, sounding as if part of one larger instrument.

Above The Winter Oaks is a beautiful slow burning track which builds into a crescendo before finally falling, leaving just a cinematic ambience, the effect cathartic. The latter half the album features five remixes by Umezawa’s label-mates on The Land Of, introducing another perspective on the Pawn material already heard.

Snow Piles now mixes lush strings and cold piercing tones, rising and falling more sharply, somewhat heavier now and more obviously manipulated than the original version. Winter Came Again feels more rhythmic and mechanistic but the same echoing string tones are there, just small hints that the track is made of the same notes as its namesake. The album closes with Wild Owls, an epic, dense work which is the perfect ending to this most atmospheric of tracks. Opening with echos and long cascading notes the piece ends with a cacophony of sound.

Just like each snowflake is made from the same makeup but remains unique, so too are the tracks on Above The Winter Oaks. Listeners will be compelled to return to this stunning record many times, especially once summer has passed and the first day of winter begins. – Review by __[ Adam Williams ].

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2009 - Glass Breath 2010 - A Hum On The Library 2012 - Glimmer Of The Sunlight

[ Glimmer Of Sunlight ] is magnificent collection of new tracks by Pawn, with collaborations with [ Danny Norbury ] ~ [ Cuushe ] ~ [ Josh Varnedore ] ~ [ The Lullaby League ] ~ [ Solo Andata ] ~ [ Moshimoss ] ~ [ Konntinent ] and [ Geskia! ]. With these illuminating and entrancing compositions of found sound, glass harp, electronics, this 4th full-length album stands out as a classic of Japanese experimental ambient. All pieces composed by Hideki Umezawa except where noted.(TBA) Mastered by Æther Bureau, Cover by The Mystery Parade.

You'll see some titles are rated with a 5 stars [ * * * * * ] and Glimmer Of Sunlight is rate 10 out of 10, bottom line is "ALL" [ Pawn ] releases are ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE. Check it out while you still can guys.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Pawn Album - Glimmer Of Sunlight [ 10 OUT OF 10 ] Release Date - 2012 Genre - Minimal, Ambient, Electro', Field Recording, Drone, Minimal-drone [ Healing / Therapeutic sessions Music ~ Hypnotic ~ Relaxing ~ Music For Learning ~ Simply Beautiful ~ Japanese Experimental ambient feel ] Tracklist 01. We are Alone Until the End of the World 03:52 02. A Thousand Cups of Coffee and Despair 05:28 03. Glimmer of Sunlight 06:46 04. Sleepy Films in Your Head 03:34 05. Sketch of a Wooden Hand Orgel 06:23 06. I Colored the Arctic White 07:12 07. We are Alone Until the End of the World (W/ Josh Varnedore) 05:09 08. A Thousand Cups of Coffee and Despair(Solo Andata) 06:00 09. Glimmer of Sunlight(The Lullaby League) 06:16 10. Sleepy Films in Your Head(Geskia!) 04:42 11. Re-sketch of a Wooden Hand Orgel 06:31 12. I Colored the Arctic White(Konntinent) 06:53 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MEDIAFIRE Pawn - Glimmer Of Sunlight BANDCAMP STREAM + PURCHASE Pawn - Glimmer Of Sunlight -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Pawn Album - A Hum On The Library [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2010 Genre - Minimal, Ambient, Electro', Field Recording, Drone, Minimal-drone [ Healing / Therapeutic sessions Music ~ Hypnotic ~ Relaxing ~ Music For Learning ~ Simply Beautiful ] Tracklist 01-pawn - entrance stairs 02-pawn - the book that is never read 03-pawn - the creak of the chair 04-pawn - quiet room 05-pawn - ventilation fans -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pawn - A Hum On The Library -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Pawn Album - Above The Winter Oaks [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2010 Genre - Minimal, Ambient, Electro', Field Recording, Drone, Minimal-drone [ Healing / Therapeutic sessions Music ~ Hypnotic ~ Relaxing ~ Music For Learning ~ Simply Beautiful ] Tracklist 01. Snow Piles 02. Winter Came Again 03. Fallen 04. Bottom of Bottle 05. Above The Winter Oaks 06. Snow Piles (remixed by My Fun) 07. Winter Came Again (remixed by offthesky) 08. Fallen (remixed by The Green Kingdom) 09. Grund (Bottom of Bottle) (remixed by steinbrüchel) 10. Wild Owls (Above The Winter Oaks) (remixed by Billy Gomberg) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pawn - Above The Winter Oaks -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Pawn Album - Glass Breath [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2009 Genre - Minimal, Ambient, Electro', Field Recording, Drone, Minimal-drone [ Healing / Therapeutic sessions Music ~ Hypnotic ~ Relaxing ~ Music For Learning ~ Simply Beautiful ] Tracklist 01 - Glass + Wind Bells 02 - It's Always Around Us 03 - Field 04 - Limpid Glass Layer 05 - Cloud Tap 06 - Limpid Glass Layer (Reprise) 07 - Glass Pt. 3 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pawn - Glass Breath -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recommendations: Alexandre Navarro | Jonn Serrie | Le Lendemain | M R C | Steve Roden --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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