Grace cover

On Grace, Chihei Hatakeyama returned to Soseki Natsume for literary inspiration via the first of the album’s two long tracks, “I Am A Cat.” Named for the writer’s famed early 20th century novel about Japanese society seen through feline eyes, the piece’s gentle, considered flow, created via guitar improvisation, is thoroughly enveloping. The title composition, meanwhile, is one of Hatakeyama’s longest at nearly fifty minutes, combining a further improvisation along with piano and field recordings of birds and other natural sounds to create a mesmerizing serene float.

Ned Raggett

Lodger cover


David Bowie
Run cover


Ches Smith, Carla Bozulich
Tanz der Lemminge cover

Tanz der Lemminge

Amon Düül II
Zaireeka cover


The Flaming Lips
Outernational cover


Billy Mackenzie
Arc of Day cover

Arc of Day

Danny Paul Grody
My Noise Is Nothing cover

My Noise Is Nothing

Lord of the Isles, Ellen Renton
Remnants of a Deeper Purity cover

Remnants of a Deeper Purity

Black Tape for a Blue Girl