Metoronori – “Evenings”

Experimental music is not an easy listen. There is no obvious structure, little in the way of harmony and dissonant sounds poke their heads up out of the mix like little gremlins. So what can you hold on to? The answer is that this type of music requires a different mindset and and different expectations. As the artist explains, describing her latest record Evenings, “Dreams are painful experiences; they are not real, but they are true.” The 13-track experimental record came from an unstable few years for the artist, real name Hikari Okuyama, during which she found solace in the night-time atmosphere of the various Tokyo wards that became her home. In many ways, she reminds me of another artist, albeit visual, Yayoi Kusama, who also has produced unsettling and compelling works from the relative safety of a mental health facility. Evenings is an album you can enjoy, but you have to clear your desk, your schedule and your mind. Only then will you be able to appreciate her delicate, pulsating sonic world.

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