August 17, 2015
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NanoSweep is an ongoing series of original music that was initiated in 2004 by various members of NanoSounds and SuperSweep. It usually features members from each of these companies and occasionally a guest composer. This is the twentieth original album and features compositions by Hiroshi Okubo, Ryo Watanabe, Ayako Saso, Shinji Hosoe, and Takahiro Eguchi, who once again collaborates with hardcore artist XIO. How does this album fare as a whole?
The album opens with Hiroshi Okubo’s “echo” and this theme sets the tone for the rest of the release, barring the final track. It’s a very chill electronic piece with lots of background sound effects, ambiance, and soft piano. Overall, it’s quite a beautiful tune. “Nove,” by Ryo Watanabe, is also a chill electronic piece, although the mood is much more industrial and slightly on the darker side of things by comparison. It’s a refreshing break from the usual Watanabe sound found in most Nanosweep entries. Despite the industrial tone, there is a beauty within this piece as well.
In the end, Nanosweep 20 is fairly successful. The chill theme is something that most contributors were able to successfully execute and it makes for quite a relaxing listen. While it doesn’t feature nearly as many catchy melodies as previous entries, the end result is still solid and with high production values. Fans of the series might want to check this one out, especially if they are looking for something a little different.
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Posted on October 8, 2015 by Don Kotowski. Last modified on January 17, 2016.