I’ve been letting this one soak in today. An excellent new offering set up a split release between Gurugurubrain and RVNG, Intl. Satomimagae trades in a deeply furrowed strain of folk – immediate, yet resonating through time in all directions. A resonant hum anchors the listener to “Numa,” but Satomi descends through the emotional strata dragging us on the tether with her. A scarred blues play out with notes of the nature of struggle. Fights that cannot be won because the forces are too large, too alchemical, too ingrained in the nature of the rot of the world. Its cyclic. Any perceived win lands us right back at the starting point, bewildered and needing to relived the moment all over again. The accompanying video from Soh Ideuchi is fraught with a reckless energy, that comes crashing down in waves of futility by the end. Satomimagae’s Hanazono is out April 23rd.
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