Mixtape #127

We´re thrilled to start June with a marvellous mixtape by master vibraphonist, multi-percussionist, and composer Masayoshi Fujita. Whether you know his acoustic solo recordings, his electronic dub releases as El Fog, or his experimental improvisations with the likes of Jan Jelinek, Masayoshi's incredible creativity and technical virtuosity is always on display. Last week he released one of the most beautiful and beguiling records of the year, Bird Ambience, where he explores a new sonic direction that merges his various influences and turns the spotlight on the marimba. The mixtape he lovingly put together for CTD is a whole universe to get lost in, so press play to take a peek into his musical world.

  1. Wunder – Look Out For Yourself [Karaoke Kalk]
  2. Samadha Trio – Amidha [Hefty Records]
  3. Fennesz – Endless Summer [P-Vine Records / Mego]
  4. Bill Evans – Blue in Green [Columbia]
  5. Maurice Ravel – Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte [Opera / Pantheon]
  6. De La Soul – Pease Porridge [Tommy Boy]
  7. Bobby Hutcherson – Montara [Blue Note]
  8. Ryan Francesconi – Parables [Sweet Dreams]
  9. Brian Eno – 1/1 [Polydor / EG]
  10. DJ Krush – Song 1 [SMEJ]
  11. Silent Poets featuring Anomolies – Someday (The First Impact Mix) [Yellow Productions]
  12. Farben – Cycled (ARR) [WMF Records]
  13. Carmen McRae – When I Fall in Love [Kapp Records]

Masayoshi Fujita shares video for ‘Morocco’; new album Bird Ambience out this Friday

We’re only a few days away from the release of Bird Ambience, the much anticipated new album from Masayoshi Fujita. The master vibraphonist, multi-percussionist, and composer had already enticed us with three magnificent tracks from the album, ‘Thunder‘, Bird Ambience‘ and more recently ‘Morocco’, a cinematic track that gently whisks one away on a voyage of wonder and delight. Now Fujita has paired the latest single with a befittingly gorgeous and sublime video directed, shot, acted, edited and graded by himself. “The theme for this video is to visualize what I had in mind for the song, and also to visualize how I dive into the image that I get from the sound when I composed or whenever I play it,” Fujita explained. Take a look below and grab Bird Ambience when it’s out this Friday May 28th through Erased Tapes.

Listen to Masayoshi Fujita’s third single ‘Morocco’, new album incoming on May 28th

Scheduled for release later this month via Erased Tapes, Bird Ambience is the beautiful and beguiling new album from master vibraphonist, multi-percussionist, and composer Masayoshi Fujita. Following two magnificent singles, ‘Thunder‘ and the title track, Fujita is giving us another extraordinary taste from the album with ‘Morocco’, a cinematic track that gently whisk us away on a voyage of wonder and delight. Take a listen now.

Bird Ambience is out on May 28th through Erased Tapes.

Masayoshi Fujita previews upcoming album, Bird Ambience, with title track

Last month we heard and loved the gorgeous and delicate ‘Thunder’, the lead single taken from Masayoshi Fujita‘s upcoming album Bird Ambience. The master vibraphonist, multi-percussionist, and composer explores a new sonic direction on Bird Ambiance, turning the spotlight on the marimba and bringing to full fruition influences that he had kept separate until now, including his acoustic solo recordings, the electronic dub releases under his El Fog moniker, and his experimental improvisations.

Fujita is offering another glorious glimpse into the album with the title track now streaming. Featuring label mate Hatis Noit, on the new single Fujita “weaves in celestial choral samples”, as the press release describes,  “and slow-motion, skeletal glitch jazz drums.”

Wrap your ears around ‘Bird Ambience’ now and grab the album when it’s out on May 28th through Erased Tapes.

Masayoshi Fujita details new album release, Bird Ambience, and shares first single ‘Thunder’

Photo: Özge Cöne

There’s a new album on the way from Japanese master vibraphonist, multi-percussionist, and composer Masayoshi Fujita. Entitled Bird Ambience, it follows his 2018’s Book Of Life. Drawing from influences he’d kept separate until now, his acoustic solo recordings, the electronic dub releases under his El Fog moniker, and his experimental improvisations, Bird Ambience sees Fujita embrace a new sonic direction. Unlike previous works where the vibraphone was the signature instrument, on his upcoming album the marimba takes centre stage alongside drums, percussion, synths, effects and tape recorder.

“The way of playing the marimba is similar to the vibraphone, so it was kind of a natural development for me and easier to start with, yet it sounds very different”, Fujita explained. “The marimba bars are made with wood and it has a wider range than the vibraphone, which gives me a bigger sound palette with more possibilities. I play the instrument with bows and mallets, and sometimes manipulate it with effects.”

Fujita also commented on his approach to improvisation:

“I prioritised trying to capture the wonder which happens during those occasional magic improv moments. Sometimes the mic-ing and placement of instruments was pretty rough; things weren’t perfect and everything was done quickly, but it turned out as the final recording. Overall when I couldn’t decide between two takes, I told myself to go with the first.”

Bird Ambience arrives on May 28th through Erased Tapes and we can already hear the gorgeous and delicate lead single ‘Thunder’. The track was inspired by Anna Akhmatova’s poem You Will Hear Thunder. The single comes with a fittingly stunning video directed and shot by Ryo Noda in the mountains near Hyogo where Fujita now lives.