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«Japanese artist Irie Yoshihisa - irish’s real name - was born in Nagasaki, and makes music using a computer since 2001. He has previously released an EP for MiMi, which is an also Portuguese based Netlabel, called ‘Killaz Sleep Peacefully’. Before that, he has done a CD-R: ‘Manufactures’, in 2003.
irish’s 'Understandings' is a beautiful EP that sets the melancholic tone right from the beginning. ‘Coma and Pray’, a down-to-earth IDM track, opens the set, delivering round punchy beats a-plenty, completed with angel-like, almost childish voice sampling and a deep ambient layer on top. Resembles much of WARP’s early material, back from the distant nineties. Short but effective, and very enjoyable.
’Square and Triangle’, being less emotional and more scientific, features some skewed beats and clicks, nice music-box keyboards and reverse/forward structure movements. What comes to mind after listening to this track for a while, is our summer vacations in the countryside, watching the birds, the trees and the sky, joyfully away from the city’s concrete buildings, dirty pavements and dark roads, which is not what it sounds at first approach: a cold and distant laboratory theme.
irish closes this release with an improv jam, between his quirkiest laptop electronics and Kazuya Iwamoto’s acoustic guitar, entitled ‘We played for about one hour but only 20 minutes had been recorded.’. This long take extends under our feet gentle guitar and click’n’cut electronic effects and sine waves. I call this ‘psychedelic folktronica’, but you can call it whatever you wish. IDM and Improv Electronics fans will love this one.» - Pedro Leitão

Downloads:

01 • Coma and Pray ........................................................................ pt us
[2'32'' • 3,48Mb • 192Kbps]
02 • Square and Triangle ............................................................... pt us
[5'01'' • 6,90Mb • 192Kbps]
03 • We played for about one hour but only 20 minutes had been recorded. ................................................................................. pt us
[19'13''' • 26,4Mb • 192Kbps]
artwork ................................................................................... pt us
[PDF-Zip • 2,76Mb]
• all tracks + artwork ................................................................ pt us
  [Zip • 38,0Mb]    

Reviews:

«(...) Further back in the releases we find japanese artist Irie Yoshihisa, confusing known as irish. Here there's lush, warm electronica at play - it's almost by-the-book IDM were it not for the japanese vocal that injects itself into the track in a way that's both reassuring and utterly disturbing. irish also has to be commended for releasing a track with the title 'we played for about one hour but only 20 minutes had been recorded'. (...).
Go and get lost in the music right here.»
- Fat Planet / April 24, 2005

«Alors qu'il neige ici à Poitiers, j'écoute de nouveau l'album d'Irish, Understandings, publiée par Test Tube. Trois pièces pour cet album presque minimal, avec de mini-breakbeats, de mini-mélodies, de mini-arrangements. Tout est mini, mais tout est mimi finalement. Le Japonais Irie Yoshihima livre une musique mélancolique et contemplative. Le dernier morceau, We played for about one hour but only 20 minutes had been recorded, est une sorte d'improvisation d'une vingtaine de minutes, mêlant guitare , sons ambiants, laptop et effets électroniques. Le label Test Tube enchaîne les sorties avec une certaine régularité, soignant comme à son habitude les visuels, pour la plupart inspirés de photos de la NASA.»
- LaFresto / February 22, 2005

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