Radical Fashion Odori

Opening with the sound of water tinkling into metal pails, bleeding into the gentle tinkling of piano keys in "Suna,” Odori unfolds as a marriage of classical composition and experimental soundscapes. In this 33-minute full-length, producer Hirohits Ihara edges into the ambient genre, but such a label doesn’t quite capture the experimentation at hand. Both dreamlike and arresting, merging loops and stutters are layered with whistling electronics, vocal murmurs and surging at times, dissonant tones. Ihara’s electronic textures are founded on both abstract and real world sound samples, subtly and cleverly providing much of the melodic elements on top of his gentle rhythmic piano playing and often-aqueous audio-spheres. (Hefty)