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  • Release Date 2013-11-12
  • Label Not Not Fun
  • Catalog NNF285
Tokyo netscape nightingale Sapphire Slows' sophomore outing on NNF - her first proper full-length - impressively expands on the spider web tone-bank nocturnes of 2011's "True Breath" EP, with headier, haunted highs and eerier, elegant depths. Patiently pieced together across all of 2012 (plus change), and inspired by everything from St. Etienne's plasticine euro-house, obscured J-Pop memories, Blue Bell Knoll, and the saddest Section 25 remixes, "Allegoria" swirls and spirals through ten textural electronic melancholias composed in, and somewhat for, solitude. The record grows more reflective and insular as it goes on, ebbing from the Casio ghost-dub of "Dry Fruits" and "Third Party" into the fragile sleepwalker techno of "Corekill" and "Fade Out" before dissolving into even more weightless 4 AM pop-ambient Kompakt abstractions like "Break Control" and "Meteor." An effortless fusion of emotive and exploratory impulses, arranged in a blue-lit rock garden in an invisible apartment in the heart of urban infinity. SS speaks: "Darkness no one can enter; only listening to this album lets you into my real world." Mastered by Andrew Veres, with 'piercing jewelry textile' cover painting by celebrated Angeleno artisan Natasha Ghosn.
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