by Ground

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Camryn Marquez I think ESP is underselling how magnificent this album really is. This has got to be one of the most interesting albums I’ve heard this year. The artist has such a strong chokehold on various kinds of aesthetics and speaks in aesthetical tongues with a fluency that should not exist. I love the attention to detail in every track and the emotional arc that the album forms toward increasing amounts of abstraction. It takes a lot of courage for an artist to dissolve themselves so completely and for a label to trust an audience with being well-equipped enough to interpret the work. Big ups Ground and ESP. Favorite track: KOOT WORKS (ft OR).
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Ground is an Osaka native, but his soul is truly that of a nomad, traversing the planet, befriending kindred spirits found in humans, animals and plants. He is exceptionally receptive to the beauty in everything that surrounds him — the incidental music of a city street, the orchestral chaos of a scrambling radio, the syncopated grace of migrating birds, the simplicity of an isolated hand clap — and as his roadmap continuously unfolds, he accumulates a vast catalogue of visceral tools to musically recount his experiences. 'Sunizm' is a cross section of the artist’s process — an array of complex microcosms overlapping to comprise a thematic whole — gathering field recordings, found instruments, jagged electronics, synthesized chanting, and weaving all into a dense narrative that appears obsessively constructed yet divinely improvised. With each consecutive track, the artist gradually layers hypnotic patterns to 1-up the mind as it struggles to break free from the seduction of loops, steadily intensifying until reaching an apex of sound collage so cerebral that the listener might consider a post-album shower. But alas, the fourth quarter releases a bit of pressure, the gob remains smacked but a warm confidence takes hold as this psychedelic trial delivers us home to nod out. Attention all humans, animals and plants, Ground and the ESP Institute present, 'Sunizm'.

Artwork by Misha Hollenbach.


released July 13, 2018


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