Gransofa + Nightingale
Fuqugi is a solo project by Daiki Sakae, who lives in the wilderness far in the south of Japan, Kagoshima. This is his first official album, though Gransofa and Nightingale were previously self-released in very limited editions. Now, there are some additional new tracks and everything has been newly remastered. Nature and the surrounding environment significantly influenced the artist on these 15 imaginative tracks -- mostly all of them recorded by only using his favorite Gibson electric guitar, drawing dim lines and plucked patterns over and over again, like watercolor paintings which develop into tear-jerking melodies. The tender guitar tones have rich and warm textures that touch you slowly, from the feet to the top of the head, until you are intoxicated, or smoothed into some sort of transcendental, permanently restful state. The concept of the album is, according to the artist, "prayer music," and he assigns some key words to this album; gratitude, mystic, white, nature, light, dark, serene, simple, stoic and isolation. This music invokes a larger calm and strength during sacred moments, like standing in front of a Mark Rothko painting or an ancient monolith, or under a sky full of stars.