Ex Confusion / Last
Format: CD / Digital
Release Date(JP): 2016.11.23
Price(CD:JP): 2,000 yen + tax
In collaborating with BIbio in 2015, Ex Confusion, a solo project by japanese artist Atsuhito Omori, has drawn attraction not only from Japan but also from abroad. In addition, Omori completed a new record "Last"recently.
He has been using mainly guitar, piano, and old tape recorder for the production, but in this record the impression for its worldview has been a lot more scaled up. From the beginning, it breaks out with atmospheric expansion of anacatesthesia and shimmer. Acoustic guitar arpeggio that reminds of Bibio's earlier works, creates beautiful and dreamy sound image that drifts into the reverby space with melancholic retro lo-fi ambient, and flowing drone sound folds smoothly. Dimly raised up melodies and the lyrical sound space will melt into listner's inside, and will attract them spreadingly. Though it is sometimes warm and sublime, the mystic and emotional mood underly. Various scenery breaks out and cross fades with the sound, like a revolving lantern.
This is not a music for the mass, but a music for individuals. This is an addictive masterpiece that will make you devote yourself to the extraordinary that is adjacent to the ordinary.
Mastering is done by Foxes in Fiction, the owner of Orchid Tapes, where his previous record was released.
Album cover photo is taken by (Helios) Keith Kenniff's wife Hollie Kenniff.
I first heard Ex Confusion in 2013 when Atsuhito kindly sent me two CDs. ‘Embrace’ quite quickly became a CD that I often used to listen to in total darkness, lying on my bed with no distractions. I have also found Ex Confusion to be ideal music for lone walks in the rain or fog, in fact a lot of his music reminds me of those moments where you are alone, in a beautiful and mysterious landscape. Atsuhito has this gift of capturing certain complex and subtle emotions that I find quite addictive; a certain type of melancholy that I find alluring and haunting yet impossible to describe. These emotions are consistent through his work and over the years I’ve come to hear a definite and distinctive personality in his murky and gentle drones, mysterious and hidden but always there, like a unique silhouette standing in the distance. I often find the music of Ex Confusion very ‘visual’, where I find myself visiting the same unknown landscapes in my imagination. In 2014 Atsuhito sent me an early version of the track ‘Last’, which I fell in love with, so much so that when I played a DJ set at Taico festival in Japan, I played it as the opening track. It seemed quite fitting whilst looking out at the mountains of Nagano watching the sun going down.
– Bibio (Warp Records)