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Runtime: 20'35''

«Guess what: another Japanese artist on test tube. AO - real name Aogu Yoshida - has previously released on MiMi, another portuguese based netlabel, and has to offer two long, brilliant and immersive space drones for our delight. Although fairly similar aestheticaly, these two pieces have distinct approaches on sound design.
'Blue' starts with a slight fade in, only to burst itself into a long cascade of acute drones, building on each other, saturating themselves in a religious and intense light side high.
'Thyme' seems identically at first, but its more like the follow up to the previous track. Its structure is the same, but to the trained listener, it feels like a second act, shorter, narrower and endlessly more violent.
Both pieces share the same threshold that exists between a beautiful and uplifting melody, and a darker, heavier trance-like drone. Guitar based computer music. Just close your eyes and let go of yourself.» - Pedro Leitão

Downloads:

01 • Blue ......................................................................................... pt us
[12'21'' • 16,97Mb • 192Kbps]
02 • Thyme ..................................................................................... pt us
[8'14'' • 11,3Mb • 192Kbps]
artwork ................................................................................... pt  
[PDF-Zip • 1,97Mb]
• all tracks + artwork ................................................................ pt us
[Zip • 29,7Mb]

Reviews:

«AO - Endlessly, Sweetly & Slightly ('|023). Nouvelle livraison de l'excellent label Test Tube, le Japonais AO propose une musique vraiment éthérée, langoureuse, particulièrement suave. Déjà, la pochette est magnifique. Ensuite, il faut aimer les introductions qui durent des heures. Mais, pour ceux qui aiment, c'est un vrai bonheur. Blue, le premier des deux morceaux en ligne, est une étrange mélopée, qui dure, qui dure... C'est tout simplement magnifique, un drôle de croisement entre Sigur Rós et les fous furieux d'A Silver Mount Zion. Je me trompe peut-être, mais c'est ce que m'évoquent ces quelques douze minutes d'univers à part d'AO. Ces premières douze minutes, j'entends. Puis s'installent les huit minutes sensiblement identiques de Thyme, une sorte de redite, assez agréable en fait, du premier morceau. On reste dans l'ambiant, dans la guitare saturée mais distante et plaisante. Pas de percus, pas de rythmiques qui ravagent tout sur leur passage. Non ! Juste une belle quiétude qui fait parfois un bien fou.
Autant parfois je trouve que la musique dite contemporaine est une espèce de branlette pour initiés à la con, autant là, j'entends une musique sensible et poignante. AO vient d'entrer dans le panthéon des branleurs qui savent y faire...»
- LaFresto / September 27, 2005

«O longo e sinuoso risco de luz atravessa o campo auditivo, emergindo subitamente vindo do silêncio. Guitarras? Electrónica? Provavelmente as duas juntas, unindo esforços para criar o drone de corrente eléctrica que se estende flutuante e atravessa o campo auditivo em múltiplas direcções, transportando o ouvinte numa viagem por entre pontos de luz, 'Blue'. Há sinapses que se ligam e acordam tocadas pelo clarão azulado. Novas pontes ligam paisagens que se desvendam em reverberações sonoras num espaço contínuo sem limites. Outra vez, 'Thyme'. E volta-se a Blue com o prazer de (re)descobrir as duas faces de Endlessly, Sweetly and Slightly, a última realização de AO, artista sonoro japonês, aka Aogu Yoshida. Edição nº 23 da netlabel lusa test tube. Vale a pena ouvir e deixar-se levar na onda.»
- Eduardo Chagas / September 25, 2005

«So many drones move expectedly from whimper to rapture, modulating and growing at their own leisure, one half-life at a time. As a result, it's rewarding from the start to experience "Blue", off AO's new two-track set, Endlessly, Sweetly and Slightly, from the netlabel that goes by the name test tube. The piece, a 12-plus-minute drone, goes loud and wide quite quickly, as if it is dropping into view suddenly from an overhead cloud. It's a piercing work, like something U2 guitarist the Edge might play late at night when he's alone in his studio. "Blue" is paired on Endlessly, Sweetly and Slightly with "Thyme", which sounds like a tentative edit of "Blue." It has the same sort of blissfully muted histrionics, packed into eight minutes, which after "Blue" sounds downright terse. AO is reportedly from Japan, though test tube's site offers little more in the way of information.»
- Disquiet / September 19, 2005

«Hinter AO steckt ein japanischer Künstler, der nicht näher genannt werden möchte.
Eins steht fest, wenn man diese Sounds in seinen Körper reingesogen hat:
Die Japaner verstehen etwas von Feng Shui und die Seele musikalisch zu berühren.
In den 2 langen Tracks wird ein ganzer Morgentau entfaltet. Gerade wenn die Sonne versucht den Himmel zu küssen, sollte man mal wieder versuchen sich den Wecker zu stellen, um gen Morgen ganz schnell rauszurennen, seinen Walkmann unter die Arme zu klemmen und dem Naturschauspiel des Sonnenaufgangs sich psychisch reinzieht.
So ganz nebenbei beobachtet man in der Natur, wie der Morgentau langsam von den Blättern und Gräsern perlt...
Genau SO stell ich mir einen Sonnenaufgang vor !»
- Mando [Ch:ffre Magazin] / September 18, 2005

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