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historie[1]

historie[1] album cover

Album by fromadistance
Released

2010-08-14 (Comiket 78)

Tracks

10

Length

40:02

Catalog No.

FROM-0002

Genre

Instrumental, Symphonic, Folk, Ambient

Website

Link

FROM-0002 banner.jpg

historie[1] is a doujin album by fromadistance released on 2010-08-14 (Comiket 78). It features instrumental arrangements of themes from Immaterial and Missing Power, Imperishable Night, Phantasmagoria of Flower View, Mountain of Faith, Undefined Fantastic Object and Perfect Memento in Strict Sense.

Staff

Arrangement
spctrm
Production
fromadistance
Illustration
9 (9)
Design
(HDLV)
Mixing
spctrm
Mastering
spctrm

Tracks

Notes

  1. A word meaning "history" or "story" in several languages. Also an archaic spelling of the English word "history".

Review

If you were a fan of fromadistance's debut album eureka released last year at Comiket 77, you have much to celebrate about. historie is an improvement on it in every possible possible way. spctrm keeps the traditional stylings of Japanese folk and experiments with busier soundscapes, fusing lively melodic instrumentation with ambient, resulting in calming music that also carries an anxious air. Fans of the previous album will immediately fall head over heels for fable, in saecula saeculorum, otogi, worshipper and obscure. Kandachi is the most out of place track on this release. When I first heard it, I was like "holy crap this sounds like Emeralds". Out of all ten tracks, farce best represents fromadistance's musical step between the eight and a half months: Celtic old-fashioned music with a modern-day twist and a tense mood.

If you like quieter, more traditional arrangements and their C77 release, you will find a number of arresting tracks. If you like unusual arrangement works, this is essential listening.

Those who liked and man got means E.P. and felt betrayed by eureka's change from original ambient techno and breakbeat track to Touhou folk will probably like this better but it probably won't win them back. If you are a fan of harder, fast paced, or poppier music, this might not be for you, or perhaps it will be a good start if you are considering exploring outside your comfort zone.

(Smallwaves, 11/25/10)