Moon Light Reflecting Over Mountains is the brand new album by Tokyo based instrumentalist Chihei Hatakeyama. Using guitars, vibraphone and piano, Hatakeyama creates elaborate sound textures in the vein of Aidan Baker, Fear Falls Burning, N and many others. However, there is an interesting difference to be found in the music of Chihei Hatakeyama. He seems to take off where My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive and Cocteau Twins stopped.
The tracks on this album aren't just drones. Deep beneath these soundscapes, fragments of songwriting and intimate structures come shining through. The soft guitar strumming reminds me of the previously mentioned bands while the ambient patterns seem to lift the music up, making it float through the air where it creates little clouds of bliss.
Another interesting addition is the hint of melody and rhythm, which is quite amazing. Short uplifting sounds are incorporated, giving the whole this shoegaze-atmosphere. Although the album is split into several seperate songs, I can't help but seeing this as a concept-album, a continuous blend of dreamy guitars and perfect musical minimalism. Yes, 'perfect', because this album reaches perfection in this minimal approach.
In all, Moon Light Reflecting Over Mountains is a wonderful album and a potential classic in the drone ambient scene. I'm quite sure this album will go right into my 'dreams' playlist, not just one or two songs but the entire album. So, indeed, it's needless to say that this comes highly recommended by a blissful smiling...