After 2 years of silence, the Tokyo SPEKK label returns with a new release!
First up in the next new series of SPEKK is an album by Tokyo duo Opitope. Opitope is a duo by ambient master Chihei Hatakeyama and Tomoyoshi Date (from Illuha) and their 1st album “Hau” is still one of the best sellers in the SPEKK catalog. “Physis” is their 2nd album following their session recording album “A Colony of Kuala Mute Geeks” which was taken with their fellow musicians, and 7 years after the glorious “Hau” album.
“Physis” was entitled with the meaning of “invisible generating power within the nature”, and they have created 4 long stories (the concept of Opitope compositions are to produce tracks with “imaginative stories”)
with poetic names. Comparing to the “Hau” songs, you can easily find development in their production skills including recording, editing and mixing. And most remarkable is their songwriting. If you hear these 4 pieces on a headphone, not only you will be astonished by the detailed sounds, but they will also give you different impressions each time .. and the rest is up to you to perceive and construct your own story.
Lastly, this album was mainly produced after that terrible earthquake in Northeast Japan (2011), and whereas the story of “Hau” was a journal of travelling from the south to north, “Physis” is a story of the destructed
earth with just ruins and no signs of human beings, but gradually recovering from it’s soil into the usual green paradise. Simply breathtaking.
released January 12, 2014
recorded during 2008 - 2011
all songs produced by opitope
mixed and mastered by opitope
paintings by shinji miyazawa
artwork design by mondii