December 31, 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 twenty-first original album and features compositions by Shinji Hosoe, Ayako Saso, Fumihisa Tanaka, Takahiro Eguchi, Ryo Watanabe, and Taku Inoue. How does this album fare as a whole?
The album opens with Shinji Hosoe’s “Debonair heavy industry,” a tune features some intricate percussion work, a blend of dark, ethereal synth sections and intense drum n’ bass. In many ways, it reminds me of the Zero Escape series, albeit more energetic. Following that, Ayako Saso’s “Draft of Whisper” is more of a slow burn, combining ethereality, trance, bright synths, although does get a bit drawn out as the piece progresses, although melody is quite upbeat and makes for a nice addition. Fumihisa Tanaka’s “2daysWORKer” is certainly more modern EDM oriented with its trance inspired tune that combine a beautiful melody with crystalline synths.
In the end, I would say that Nanosweep 21 is certainly a strong listen. While not every tune hits it out of the park, there is plenty of variety to be had in this outing and also features the return of some lesser utilized members in the Nanosounds collaboration.
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Posted on April 20, 2016 by Don Kotowski. Last modified on April 20, 2016.