Masayoshi Fujita – Stories (2012)
It’s always exciting to find a style of music that I haven’t heard before, it reminds me why I undertake such “auralnautical explorations”, and part of the reason behind my starting this blog in the first place.
Here, we find ourselves listening to solo vibraphonist Masayoshi Fujita, Japanese, but based in Berlin.
The vibraphone has a beautiful timbre, with a fantastic ringing resonance upon each note, which gives one the sensation of dreaming.
Here, Fujita guides us through eight Stories told to us through modern ambient composition by his excellent playing. Each track has an evocative texture bringing to life the Stories that he tells. Story Of A Waterfall I. & II. actually sounds like the flowing of water over rocks, and as one could stare at a waterfall, mesmerised by the tracks of the descending water, one could also listen to this track and do the same. Snow Storm is similar, flakes flutter and fall, and we are powerless but to be enveloped by the storm as it approaches, gently at first, but quickly overwhelming.
Stories is a mesmerising and delicately enchanting album.
Favourite tracks: Snow Storm, Story Of A Waterfall I. & II., Memories Of The Wind.
Spotify link: Masayoshi Fujita – Stories