Published Jun 13, 2012Celebrated Japanese composer and electronic music pioneer Ryuichi Sakamoto is noted for picking great collaborative partners, the most recent of which have included Alva Noto and Christian Fennesz. Now, he has teamed back up with San Francisco ambient electro master Christopher Willits for another album as Willits + Sakamoto.
The pair's upcoming album is called Ancient Future, and it will be out on August 7 through Ghostly International. It marks Willits + Sakamoto's second collaboration, following 2007's slow-burning Ocean Fire.
According to a press release, Ancient Future's six instrumental tracks "speak about the very essence of what it means to be human" with a wordless narrative that addresses "the creation, acceptance and completion of one's fate and all of life's experiences, following a trajectory through inner conflict, resolution and, ultimately, acceptance."'
The album is said to be filled with contradictions, from the title to the "loops of static and feedback" that "provide the backing for delicate melodies that develop and evolve like ripples on a placid lake."
For a taste of what this sounds like, scroll past the tracklist to hear the serene closing track, which is fittingly titled "Completion."
1. Reticent Reminiscence
2. Abandoned Silence
3. I Don't Want To Understand