Foodman - Aru Otoko No Densetsu
Foodman’s anticipated new release, Aru Otoko No Densetsu, is a sparse but philosophical chemical compound complete with nanoscale sounds, spinning and brilliantly colored, amongst splashing and ricocheting particles of reality.
The Yokohama-based producer Takahide Higuchi released a steady stream of his mind-bending brand of scattered, poppy fourth-world juke across Soundcloud and releases on Orange Milk Records and Noumenal Loom in 2014-16. Sweet jazzy melodies, live percussion and ethereal atmospherics are just as likely to meet with deranged, high-bpm beats and video game samples or crypic noisey clusters of sound from indistinguishable source.
His new full-length offering comes to us via Sun Araw’s Sun Ark label, a befitting home for these free-spirited, genre-fusing excursions. Quirk in detail are the intrinsic brilliance and allure of this offering - toylike whirs, gentle chimes, single piano notes, xylophone's echoing pings. Aru Otoko No Densetsu pleasantly leads us through labyrinthian impulses, accented by Alice in Wonderland clock ticks. It forays into lush fourth world tropo-lounge rooms and mellow synth pool dips - one foot in and out with jazzy syncopation.
Accompanying the sounds is a booklet of Foodman’s imaginative drawings, that like Aru Otoko No Densetsu, open the door into a child’s world of whimsical fantasy.