Japanese voice artist Hatis Noit returns with explorative new single Fernweh as a precursor for an Erased Tapes compilation titled Music for kō coming out on April 1.
Fernweh is a hymn for imaginary travel, allowing the music to take you on a journey. This self-produced piece, sung in a universal wordless language, sees Hatis Noit transcend boundaries through eerie, atmospheric sound explorations. Its German title, meaning a longing for exploring faraway places, captures the artist’s headspace at the time of recording.
The track is the opening piece to an upcoming Erased Tapes compilation featuring Rival Consoles, Masayoshi Fujita and Daniel Thorne, originally commissioned by Folie À Plusieurs in partnership with the Noguchi Museum in New York.
The second piece is by Japanese composer, vibraphonist and percussionist Masayoshi Fujita, titled Led by a Blue Bird into the Mountain. Fujita's contribution acts as an extension of his 2021 album Bird Ambience, painting the impression of a creature leading the listener along their journey.
"I had the image of a blue bird like a parrot from the beginning. Maybe it was inspired by the colour of the incense sticks I received for this project. The blue bird appears in my latest album Bird Ambience too, and there is a connection between this song and that album” – Masayoshi Fujita
UK-based Australian composer and saxophonist Daniel Thorne contributed the emotive soundscape of Under Waves, Ascending.
"While burning the incense, I found myself hypnotised by the rising trails of smoke and the way that they moved and expanded like waves. This led to an abstract concept whereby I tried to imagine what it might feel like to look up at waves from underneath them — I think it would feel as though you were falling, regardless of whether or not you were actually moving. I wanted to play with the concepts of movement and stasis, blurring the lines between the two to create a piece where it was hard to pinpoint which parts were moving and which were not, all the while trying to replicate the gesture of these rising waves” – Daniel Thorne