Ryuichi Sakamoto's first solo studio album in eight years will be called async. That's the artwork above, and tracklist below; both walk a line between earthly aesthetics and something more celestial.
From what Sakamoto told The FADER last summer, async could be amongst his most ambient and experimental albums yet: "My interests are moving toward both 'sound and music,' not just 'music.' I have been doing lots of field recordings, and also collecting lots of strange sounds."
The album's press notes build on that narrative: "The album plays with ideas of a-synchronism, prime numbers, chaos, quantum physics and the blurred lines of life and artificiality/noise and music."
The Japanese composer will debut the record during a 5.1 surround sound listening event at Big Ears Festival in Tennessee this March 23-26.
Milan Records will release Ryuichi Sakamoto's async on April 28.
11. Life, Life
15. water state 2 (vinyl only bonus track)