Top Bar
Musique Machine Logo Home ButtonReviews ButtonArticles ButtonBand Specials ButtonAbout Us Button
SearchGo Down
Search for  
With search mode in section(s)
And sort the results by
show articles written by  
 Review archive:  # a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Christophe​r Willits + Ryuichi Sak - Ancient Future [Ghostly International - 2012]

The multi-talented Christopher Willits and Japan's most relaxing pianist, Ryuichi Sakamoto have created one of the best albums I've ever heard with "Ancient Future", a lush, romantic ambient narrative for processed piano and guitar, which pirhouettes gracefully through 6 concise movements, ending in slightly over a half hour.

The closest touchstone is likely the deceptively complex and delicately orchestrated ambient classical music of Stars of the Lid.  Willits and Sakamoto similarly present a symphony in slow motion.  Each song contains a different balance of warm, rounded timbres, lingering resonances and tasteful silence, but ultimately the entire album flows as a single unbroken idea.  Every track is equally essential.

Willits swirls each of Sakamoto's carefully chosen chords into a kaleidoscopic wind that ebbs and flows with pleasant whimsicality.  Each chord is played several long seconds after the previous, but the larger melody arc still presents itself with vibrant clarity, even at this glacial pacing.  Sakamoto is a master, and shows through his performance that he knows the meaning of every note in his compositions, which demonstrate a deeply sophisticated understanding of theory and harmony.  Due to its non-repetitive nature, the music never recedes to 'background' status like many ambient albums do.


The music grips me with intense nostalgic contemplation...  While listening, I am struck with the beauty of my endlessly fascinating surroundings, I feel the effects of my actions and how many turns life has taken, ponder how much I do not know.  It has a rainy, melancholic feeling, but equally represents the sound of reverence and wonderment at all things the cosmos.


In conclusion, if you have any appreciation at all for beautiful ambience and piano reveries, you must own this album now!  It's a monumental, deeply affecting album that will tug at your heartstrings immediately and never leave your memory.  "Ancient Future" is up there with the great classical compositions and the work of ambient masters like Steve Roach, and it's probably my favorite work of Sakamoto's, as well.

Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5

Josh Landry
Latest Reviews

Christophe​r Willits + Ryui...
The multi-talented Christopher Willits and Japan's most relaxing pianist, Ryuichi Sakamoto have created one of the best albums I've ever heard with "Ancient ...
140720   The Residents - Metal, Meat &...
130720   Lawrence English - Lassitude
130720   Various Artists - Next Lighty...
100720   The Strange Vice Of Mrs. Ward...
100720   Night Of Open Sex - Night Of ...
100720   Echoes Of Fear - Echoes Of Fe...
090720   Officer! - Yes Yes No No Yes ...
090720   Bourbonese Qualk - Hope
080720   Thecodontion - Supercontinent
070720   The New Kids - The New Kids( ...
Latest Articles

Perpetual Abjection & Unsignifie...
There has always been a close connection between the walled noise scene, and various themes/ obsessions- be it nihilism, giallo/ cult films, true crime, grim...
300620   Perpetual Abjection & Unsign...
150620   William Fowler & Vic Pratt - ...
280520   Melaine Dalibert - Quietly cr...
150520   Barry "Schwump" Schwam - Frog...
300420   Nico Mastorakis - The Greek s...
070420   Paul Dever/ Blood Eagle - Yea...
290320   Bütcher - A Bestial Fukkin Wa...
260320   The Rita,Black Leather Jesus,...
170320   Horrible Reviews - Visually n...
120220   Striations - War-Torn Noise
Go Up
(c) Musique Machine 2001 -2017. Celebrating 16 years of true independence!! Mail Us at questions=at=musiquemachine=dot=comBottom