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Spookanide Truly something special and beautifully constructed. Whenever the third track comes on it feels like I should stop whatever I'm doing and let my thoughts drift with it.
Kaitlyn-Chloe Brugger
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Kaitlyn-Chloe Brugger Easily the greatest album of 2015 (so far), Perpetual is a gorgeous example of what can happen when extremely talented musicians join forces to create an absolutely spiritual composition that relies on the hidden chemistry and inherent communication found in the world of free improvisation.
Tuukka Junnikkala
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Tuukka Junnikkala Improvisation is the purest form of expression. Listening, reacting, connecting, discovering. This live recording captures four people working toward the same end as one, carefully listening to one another and each adding in their own contribution. It is a paean to the love for sound.
David Delossantos
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David Delossantos Perpetual moves like a slow-motion film of someone's childhood memories: blissful and dreamlike. Favorite track: Movement, 3.
John Cratchley
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John Cratchley Simply much space,so much delicacy... the aural equivalent of watching a flower open in slow motion. This music shows the power of to develop a piece by really,deeply listening to what is going on around you and reacting with elegance and hardly a ripple on the reflecting pool.
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Dotflac In Perpetual, the organic microcosm of sounds by Illuha joins the modulated synthesizers by Taylor Deupree and the distinctive playing of classical piano and hit/scrapped strings by Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Unfolding through three movements, this improvised performance translates an incredible level of cohesion and understanding between the artists, offering a highly delicate and sensitive aural experience that seems to last indefinitely.

An unforced delight of dulcet details and atmospheres.
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In the wet heat of a Japanese summer, legendary musician Ryuichi Sakamoto was joined on stage by Taylor Deupree and the duo of Corey Fuller and Tomoyoshi Date, known as Illuha. The Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media hosted the event as part of their 10 year anniversary which also included a captivating installation by Sakamoto called Forest Symphony. The days surrounding the concert brought the artists together for food, talk and exploration. Informal but meaningful moods that prepared them for performing together.

The performance, an improvised set for piano, guitar, pump organ, and synthesizers, ended up affecting the artists in a deep way. The four, having never played all together before, were taken aback by the level of listening and restraint that flowed between them. The audience sat in a breathless silence, the music offering a respite from the thick July air. As the last hushed note faded into blackness the artists knew right away it had been a deep journey.

It is a fortunate event when a moment like this is captured, as this concert was ( recorded in high quality DSD). Perpetual, named for the eternal and ageless quality of the music, is presented in three movements that traverse from soft layers of synthesizer and processed guitar, to open, airy sections of prepared piano and silence, to finally coming to rest in a most hauntingly delicate lullaby of lonely piano, crackling found objects and field recordings and tones suspended like mists.

Perpetual not only surrounds us and stretches through time but collects that expanse into a single memory, a record of a brief moment where time stood still and four musicians merged into one.


released January 27, 2015



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12k is a New York based experimental music label run by artist Taylor Deupree that has decisively defined and developed its own concept of minimalism in the realms of experimental and ambient music

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