REVIEW: VITAL WEEKLY (NL)
Very much along similar lines we find the Japanese duo Illuha, who debuted in 2011 with "Shizuku", recorded in an old church in Washington. They improvise on whatever instruments are available, although the cover photo shows a zither and a guitar, and they use whatever big space they are in to create their spacious music. All generated through methods of improvisation too, just like the previous reviewed release, with in one piece poetry reading of Tadahito Ichinoseki, which adds to the zen-like feel of the music. There are however a few differences with the Seaworthy/Taylor Deupree release. The most striking is perhaps that Illuha use more electronics, or perhaps, don't hide it that well. The balance between instruments and electronics seem to be more on an equal level here, and there seems to be an absence of field recordings, maybe not in 'Interstices III'. The pieces by Illuha are a bit longer too and all three pieces are culled from live recordings, which may account for the somewhat rougher edges the music has. Like hearing a echo machine going on a bit too long, or the occasional longer searching for the next move. In a way I was reminded of Voice Of Eye: long spacious ambient pieces, always with that bit of spice in there, but perhaps also free floating like a finer hippie texture. Here too we don't hear many new directions, but it's equally great, as the previous one.