RYUICHI SAKAMOTO + TAYLOR DEUPREE: Disappearance CD 12k
The duo of Sakamoto and Deupree smacks initially of a possible classic in waiting. Utilising isolation, solitude and contemplation as a source for inspiration, it is of no surprise that the majority of this album is ambient in nature.
Awash with obscurity, ‘Disappearance’ utilises field recordings amongst bowed harmonies and the odd displaced piano key; the latter rearing it’s head prominently on the unnerving ‘Ghost Road’.
Sonically broad, given patience there is a lot for the more intensive listener to envelop themselves within here. ‘Disappearance’ as an album is not for the more casual, part-time ambient enthusiast, who may dismiss this as just another album from the genre; and in part that is this albums only failing.
Personally, I find this latest output a tale of two halves that run parallel to one another track by track. Split down the middle a lot of this release sounds fairly generic, where the airy drones meander along in a lucid fashion without excitement. Layered above however are careful strokes of other sounds that do pick apart at the foundations, giving a lease of desperate life to what could have been a fairly average affair; and that is where the magic in this release ultimately lies.