On The Sea

by Sima Kim & Saito Koji

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Sima Kim and Saito Koji’s ‘On The Sea’ does a good job replicating the gentle waves of the ocean. The sounds appear to waver like light refracted in the water. Aspects of the sound give off a nautical theme. Ringing of the bells indicates something of a breeze blowing through the entire album. Little sounds of water flow through the single twenty minute long piece. While the evolution is slow it is highly comforting. At times the piece almost feels like it is rocking the listener to sleep. With a natural rhythm it manages to appear as if it was in perfect stasis. Upon deeper listening though this proves to be far from the case.

Concepts of space are represented by the increasing amounts of distance the music seems to portray. Beginning small the sound begins to grow ever larger. Halfway through the piece things begin to change. ‘On the Sea’ introduces louder sounds. This increases the density of the sound. For a while the additional layers give a sense of humanity. Bringing in the new sound has the additional benefit of creating a deeper sound. With a greater amount of thickness the classical leanings are better explored. Towards the very end the song reveals some of what had guided it to the finale. A piano comes out sounding pristine. The tempo gives a better sense of what had lead the song beneath the surface. Seeing it is seeing the bottom of the piece. Right as it becomes clearest is exactly when it ends. - Beach Sloth


released March 11, 2013

Mixed by Sima Kim
Mastered by Jason Corder Offthesky

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