#125 zai kuning and koichi shimizu – seed of time

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how do you listen to a soundtrack for a film you haven’t seen before? it almost becomes an empty signifier when you begin inventing and imagining contexts, plots and narratives as you please. or you could begin with the album cover art. in zai kuning and koichi shimizu‘s melancholy of a flowering plant – the recorded soundtrack for aditya assarat’s wonderful town – the partnership between zai’s ponderous strings and koichi’s digital ambient treatment almost perfectly mirrors the cover art, which itself presents a peculiar juxtaposition of organic and vector. when i listen to opening track “seed of time”, however, the two blend effortlessly in forming a complete whole, with an evocative motif that repeats itself through the album. here lies a quiet partnership that runs deep.

mp3: zai kuning and koichi shimizu – seed of time

melancholy of a flowering plant is released on so::on dry flower and onistudio. to buy a copy, drop an email to: houseofoni@yahoo.com.sg

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