Leaving Records LP
Japanese compose Seiho combines various sampled elements into his electronic music to make a formidable musical mélange. They consist of snippets of modern jazz, synth riffs, pizzicato string samples, electronic blurts, and tastes of musique concrète such as whistles and running water. The accumulation of sounds is kept from being too heady by an undergirding of dance hall beats, which supplies the work with an immediacy that much latter day avant-electronica eschews. Seiho navigates this middle path between accessibility and experimentation with aplomb, making music that is both serviceable and intriguing: a rare combination.