Chihei Hatakeyama's Minima Moralia is a lovely record. Hatakeyama's music is probably best classified as ambient electronic or experimental ambient. Think Sigur Ros, Eno, or William Orbit but perhaps even more minimalist. We have already discussed that I am a sucker for some good mellow tunes and this is one of my favorite ambient records of this year (and even last year for that matter even though Takk... was superb).
Hatakeyama concentrated on the "textures of sound" in creating Minima Moralia. He consciously avoided using electronic sounds, instead he used sound fragments made by guitars and vibraphone he played himself that were in turn processed through his laptop and positioned in specific places. The result is a beautiful ambient sound.
Hatakeyama uses the palette of the True Drone Believers but he seeds his overstretched chords with easy pleasures. It's in the way the monolithic chord with harmonics like a pipe organ fills the first two minutes of "Swaying Curtain in the Window", only to slowly dissolve into a tinkling music box melody and, finally, clouds of acoustic guitar picking.
If you are interested in some background music or music just to lay in bed and relax to I highly recommend this. I have had it playing in the back ground for the last couple days as I work on various papers and projects. Hope you enjoy.
Mp3: Chihei Hatakeyama - "Swaying Curtain in the Window"
Mp3: Chihei Hatakeyama - "Bonfire on the Field"
Buy Minima Moralia here and here and even from emusic here.