FJ023: I'm often wary of a tendency to describe music via way of environmental factors, it can often result in irrelevant cliches (happens to Tasmanian artists a lot), yet for all TKB’s musical influences and I’m sure there are plenty, it’s definitely the landscapes (and the plant life) of his home turf that provide the primary inspiration for the sounds heard on Slow Yamaha. If TKB’s previous offering Dream Nightclub (Where To Now? Records, early 2023) was “club music reimagined in an off grid Australian floodplain”* then Slow Yamaha is the woozy, lingering late night/early-morning comedown set in those same soaked environs, the Yarra Valley in Victoria. Eight tracks, sometimes sounding lost in fog or murky and crepuscular (see Low Range); at other times the fog clearing enough to reveal the faint outline of a dawn landscape or a conversation within the undergrowth (Clubmoss). There's also moments where this music sounds like air escaping from a living organism or perhaps the sigh of a landscape either coming to life or settling back into itself, that's the kind of ambience I can get my ears around - there's some life going on.
- Tim P.