Endurance

by IREZUMI

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In.Visible.Generator Exquisite done piece of music. An pool of deep drones washing through mind, topped with some wonderful sad, sometimes bittersweet, melody´s. "Endurance" touches the edge of cinematic soundtrack with a pinch of symphonic music. It guide´s the listener to the far reaches of mind and psyche.
A must have for any ambient collection! Favorite track: VI.
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Branden Marshall A near flawless ambient record. Favorite track: III.
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For the first time in digital version, the first album of Irezumi : Endurance.

www.discogs.com/Irezumi-Endurance/release/1254972

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From the website Sea Of Tranquility (ENGLISH) :
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The official press release from Snowblood states: "Quite possibly the best ambient artist of his generation, 21 years old, IREZUMI has created this timeless and beautiful soundtrack inspired by Ernest Shackleton's tragic Antarctic expedition. Through warm electronic sounds and beautiful sad melodies IREZUMI tells us a story of a ship trapped in the ice and incredible human endurance."

Yes, "possibly the best ambient artist..." might raise some eyebrows, but don't overlook the bit that emphasizes "his generation." Based in France, the fresh-faced Irezumi (a pseudonym) is certifiably an ambient adept, but more lurks within (t)his sonic wilderness that brings Endurance nearer the soundtrack realm. The contemplativeness lent by the ten untitled abstractions matches the album's timbral densities. Rarely does a young artist assemble such a mature-sounding musical statement, but this recording is quite an asset to the [dark] ambient genre.

Apparently — formerly? — a techno/house artist, one will be hard-pressed to find qualities of Irezumi's previous work here. On the first track, resonant bass throbs and a ghastly blowing wind preface an acoustic guitar line that conveys the sense of desolation any wasteland — be it snow, sand or concrete — brings with it. The second piece is more in line with the genre, spelling out a whitewashed vacuum with grainy slabs of sound. Track Three approximates "ebb & flow" with a duotimbral loop and a phantasmal wail that evokes a siren wail morphed via the natural architecture of jagged snow-laden mountainsides.

A cycled, down-transposed bell sample (echoed to hell and back) "rings in" Track Four, and the up-mixed dialogue excerpts are somewhat jarring. A brief sequencer phrase finishes things off. The next track reintroduces a restorative dead calm, and is very soothing (think of the head-clearing stretches on Vangelis' The City). Tracks Six and Seven are sweeping in their intent with huge washes of sound, overlapping like strata, the smoothing layers pock-marked by zig-zagging notes attempting vainly to etch a skeletal melody. The final trio of tracks comprise the three-stage finale to this doomed excursion, further deepening the core textures to realize the expedition's fateful descent into the ether.

On its own merit as a potent foray into ambient-electronic minimalism, Irezumi's Endurance stands an excellent chance of joining the likes of Tangerine Dream's Rubycon and Steve Roach's Structures From Silence. Mention must be made of the stunning six-paneled digipak, i.e. the exquisite black and white photography exhibited on it. Liner notes are kept to a bare minimum which give the format all the zip of a gatefold LP with great art. Not only does it sound great, it displays great on the shelf.

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Du site internet "et l'hiver dansait autour d'un feu" : FRANÇAIS
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Première signature de Snowblood, le label d’Asmorod, Irezumi est une excellente surprise ! Modelant les respirations d’espaces infinis et majestueux, le dark ambient développé sur « Endurance » devrait éveiller dans votre esprit un sentiment de transcendance. Profondes et spatiales, invitant à d’enivrantes contemplations, les dix compositions (non titrées) de cet opus semblent repousser les limites d’un horizon, frontières intérieures répondant à autant d’étapes méditatives où le corps devient muet, s’oublie et s’efface à jamais. Œuvre subtile bâtie toute en nuances et laissant émerger de prenantes mélodies, elle raconte les mémoires de la lumière sur les neiges éternelles, nous montre ces empreintes gommées par le temps et ramène l’homme à sa véritable place au sein de la Nature. « Endurance » révèle une dimension poignante, s’inscrit dans la continuité et la persistance tout en soulignant la fragilité et l’éphémère. Sur le second titre, ce qui fut un chœur témoigne par la trace de ses vestiges grisants, tout cela pourrait être la symphonie hallucinée d’un continent gelé filant à la dérive, en fait l’imagination ne cesse d’être sollicitée à travers les beautés que suscitent ces plages musicales fort bien construites. Sur le morceau d’ouverture, des notes de guitare acoustique accompagnent paisiblement ce qui me fait penser à des papillons lumineux se posant sur l’eau ; quelquefois des samples vocaux (le quatrième titre par exemple) font trembler la peau figée de l’atmosphère et renforcent l’impression de lointain, d’inaccessible, voire d’absolu. Que dire de plus, sinon que cette pièce (abritée par un très bel artwork), est un pur moment d’ailleurs, indéfinissable, intemporel, et peut se résumer en un seul mot : superbe !

Gasp

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released February 20, 2008

All tracks written and produced by Irezumi
Artwork design by Irezumi.
Originally released in 2008 on Snowblood
© Irezumi Music 2016
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IREZUMI Paris, France

Irezumi’s music is more about a creative process, something that leaves a mark on the skin or deeper.
it’s the deepest part of Manuel, his musical asylum to express all his feelings.
Not dark, not light, just grey…

Ambient Music From France.
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