Fennesz/Sakamoto Flumina

Fennesz/Sakamoto Flumina
An appropriate title, as the music produced by guitarist/laptopist Christian Fennesz and pianist/laptopist Ryuichi Sakamoto stays fully in the watery world their 24-track double disc's title suggests. This release is full of limpid, minimally moving, quiescent drones and languid piano plonks. Sakamoto plays single and double notes, pedal depressed to make a glassy, sustained ambience. Fennesz does less. The duo's pieces sound like film cues for a movie about canoeing on a peaceful lake. And if you want music to listen when you light candles, soak in the bathtub and do aromatherapy, this music is for you; it will quiet your mind. Massage therapists should buy this to relax their clients – there isn't a sound, note, interval or chord that will challenge. There's nothing to upset or ruffle the most sensitive feathers. In short, the numbered, title-less tracks are pleasant but toothless. (Touch Tone)