Tuesday, November 8, 2011

STREAM: Competor - Tape Recorder

Competor is a very underground and unique voice in the Japanese "bedroom" recording scene of production involving Vocaloids (programmable, synthesized singers).  He is perhaps most well-known for his very interesting songs and music videos, but his Bandcamp is a slightly different affair.

Last year, he dropped Kokyu, a collection of songs so restrained, the only sound used was a single tone played at different pitches.  Not going to lie, it will likely bore most listeners, but if you feel like hearing some nice background music, or expanding your conception of what music can be, I encourage you to stream it.

The mini-album in question, Tape Recorder, was released last month.  Unlike Kokyu, this is a collection of ambient and minimalistic piano-driven pieces with a lo-fi and slightly glitchy aesthetic.  It is a quiet listen, but a surprisingly engaging one, with lots of modern classical (and just plain classical) influences.  The warm, analog-recorded aesthetic of which the title boasts is also pleasing to the ears.  If you're a fan of Ryuichi Sakamoto's recent work, the quieter moments of Nicolas Jaar's Space is Only Noise, or even that new Oneohtrix Point Never album, check this out.

At the very least, you'll be listening to a guy with only 200 listeners on Last.fm, so you can brag to your friends about that.

Stream/Download from Competor's Bandcamp below:

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