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ANOICE – No Room Here

Band: Anoice
Title: No Room Here
Year: 2015
Country: Japan
Label: Ricco Label

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  1. A Wind From The Sea
  2. Syrinx
  3. Woodland Fairies
  4. Vandal
  5. Destructive Element

Anoice are not the most famous Japanese band for sure, but their story began more than ten years ago and the amount of albums and side-projects is impressive; not to mention the works made for famous people out of the music scene, among which there are Armani and Studio Ghibli. This EP is their second release in 2015 and it has been described as the most quiet of their career.

It must be said that their style has never really been aggressive, especially for the standards of an often atmospheric genre like Post-Rock: the Ambient influence, and Classical music even more, have always played an important role and in this album they reach the peak of their importance, leaving almost no room to bass and drums and completely excluding electric guitars. These five tracks give life to what has been defined as insanity hidden in stillness by the band, a calm which is only formal that hides a background anxiety expressed in many ways. "A Wind From The Sea" starts with melancholic piano notes which soon get enriched of tension creating not really reassuring feelings; but this apprehension fades just like the wind: gradually and leaving a silence which brings no relief. Next is "Syrinx", track with a title that can have different meanings but that lead constantly to the idea of a cavity: the minimalism of the synth seems to generate a cave's cold and darkness, a kind of solitude that made me think of being alone on another planet, far from our Sun.

The two following tracks "Woodland Fairies" and "Vandal" are two old songs which have been re-arranged, respectively a song made for the short movie "Li.Li.Ta.Al" and "Tempest" from their recent album "Into The Shadows". The first is the longest track here and it starts with a piano again, this time much calmer and followed by background noises which create a relaxing atmosphere; things suddenly change halfway with the entrance of an unsettled viola which speeds up the music and gives it an almost tragic energy, only to change into a melancholic sfociare in un slowdown at the end. "Vandal", instead, sounds completely different from the original one: melodies of classical instruments have been relpaced by a cold and schizophrenic synth, by lo-fi sounds and by an almost Drone attitude. The ending is up to the moving "Destructive Element", where once again the piano has the leading role closing the album among sadness and tears.

"No Room Here" is not the most representative Anoice album, but in twenty minutes you will have an idea of their style and of some of their many faces. If you are searching for something that joins the classical and the modern, the answer may be in Japan; anyway, on their label's Bandcamp page you can find the whole album in streaming, so you won't have to go personally to Tokyo.