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Album Review

Collecting songs from two self-released CDs of home recordings, Humour (Study and I) displays the brilliance of using computer processing as a means, not an end, for production and musicianship. Ogurusu Norihide concentrates mostly on quiet guitar or piano ruminations and tampers with them only occasionally (and brilliantly). When the second track pauses after several minutes of guitar normalcy, the subsequent effects only heighten the mood. Norihide eventually invites some unidentified instruments into the game, but the air of forced minimalism remains throughout. Other pieces are reminiscent of Erik Satie or John Fahey with a primitive drum machine for accompaniment. The dark chords and isolationist feel of the sixth track make it a highlight.


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

b. Japan. Norihide forges ‘laptop folk’ music that is graceful, melancholic and likeably austere, as if elegiac for empty rooms. As well as issuing music via Carpark Records (the New York, USA-based label behind releases from Kid 606, Greg Davis and Takagi Masakatsu), Norihide is a certified Shinto Priest in his native Japan. Shintoism is the indigenous religion of the country, marked by the veneration of nature spirits and of ancestors. Norihide has previously studied computers in university and...
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