Pleq / Hiroki Sasajima / Spheruleus – Time & Language 7.9
timing is everything. I listened to Time & Language on loop for a long
time. As it played over and over again, I discovered new, tiny details. The
sound swept over me and helped calm me. I’ve written about all three of these
musicians before, but I hadn’t heard collaboration between the three until now.
For this particular project, the sum is greater than the whole of its parts. That
is very good indeed.
previous work dealt with a massive structure, with slow changes, and I sense
that with this work. It also is complimented nicely by Spheruleus’s attention
to small details, such as the end piece’s gentle guitar string plucks. Pleq is
responsible for the large, hazy melodies present throughout the album,
particularly in the warm beginning, where the melody lies underneath layers of
the use of field recordings in these four pieces. Hearing birds, insects, slow
walking through the forest, gives the already enormous sound some context. The
field recordings act as a complement to the pieces, showing their inspiration.
For me the third piece (also the longest) is the most satisfying example of
this, with the slowest buildup and most subtle changes. At times the slight
variations are nearly imperceptible, with the piece moving at a comfortable,
a good album for winter. It reminds me life and re-birth is not far away.
Listen to it quietly, late at night, with little distractions. Get lost in it.