Artist: At Her Open Door
Format: Digital / Tape
Master: Taiki Kobayashi
Artwork: Saphy Vong
Release Date: 5th October 2022
A glitching, heavy darkness pervades FLIR, the new album from Tokyo-based artist At Her Open Door, to be released on Chinabot. Combining uniquely diverse elements – dubstep, traditional Chinese instrumentation, and progressive rock, among others – FLIR is a whirlwind journey through fruitful experimentation, creating a world of jagged sonic edges and frenetic beats along the way.
Taiki Kobayashi of At Her Open Door started out in progressive rock and hardcore bands, and now describes his work as “a fusion of Asian traditional instruments and 80s synths for a modern approach.” With FLIR, wobble bass and jungle add new textures to his precise, melodic compositions, which also make use of the characteristic bell sounds of the Peking Opera.
Tracks like CINA display this approach, blending up a melody that could have come from an 80’s sci fi soundtrack with Chinese instrumentation and wobble bass, for an aggressive, thumping blitz on the senses.
“FLIR is an acronym for “forward-looking infrared” and is intended to mean the result of detecting something hot,” says Kobayashi, referring to his exploratory musical process. “In composing the songs, I have been focused on reproducing and shaping the sound that I want to hear now.”
Lately, he has also been inspired by electronic music from Depeche Mode and Yellow Magic Orchestra. “What I valued in creating FLIR was the fusion of the esoteric and aggressive atmosphere of that music with the 80s romanticism that I have explored in the past,” he says.
About At Her Open Door:
At Her Open Door is an experimental music project started in 2007 by Japanese artist Taiki Kobayashi. His music is characterized by crossing various genres such as dubstep, experimental, IDM, new wave, Traditional asian instrumentations, new age, and 80s synth wave.
It was a bit too much and samey by the end for me, but if you like dark atmospheres, if you are really interested in sound design or you enjoy the challenge of music that tries to wear you down, you should definitely check this record out.
I loved the echo-drenched drums and percussion and synths and hard to describe sounds on this, but it stays with the same sonic ideas for too long for me to enjoy to try to withstand the harsh wall of sounds minisculebarber