YUTAKA HIROSE | Nova + 4 (WRWTFWW Records)
WRWTFWW Records announce the reissue of one of the most fascinating Japanese ambient/environmental albums ever made, Nova + 4 by Yutaka Hirose.
The double LP includes the album known as Soundscape 2: Nova, sourced from its original masters, as well as 50 minutes of never-released-before recordings. It comes in a beautiful gatefold sleeve, packed with liner notes from the artist in English and Japanese. Nova + 4 is also available on double digipack CD.
Initially released in 1986 as part of the Soundscape series commissioned by Misawa Home Corporation for use in their prefabricated houses, Yutaka Hirose’s Nova has grown to become a mythical piece of the Japanese minimalist/ambient/environmental scene of the eighties. Initiated around the enchanting landscapes of the two first tracks recorded for the project, Nova and Epilogue, Yutaka Hirose’s magnum opus serenely blends vintage synth with nature sounds, exploring soothing palettes and organic backdrops. For Slow Sky, Hirose explains he “went for a pointillism-like sound, and tried to express a scenery of awakening, where the portal of a heart is opening up”, while on Humming The Sea, he “tried to compose a kind of music that expresses the daily, lazy life of child-like innocence in a summer vacation in some small town.”