Teruyuki Nobuchika - Still Air (CD Oktaf)
The third album by this Japanese ambient artist consists of eight tracks all hewn from crystalline yet rich and warm tones, melodic clusters and subtly hushed swells that all melt into each other with perfect ease. For an album entitled thus, there’s a lot of movement here and nothing is even afforded the chance to outstay its welcome. Of course, it is hard to think of any such work without the omnipresent head of Eno bobbing up like some kind of mad balloon, but whilst Nobuchika clearly references him, directly or otherwise, in his own compositions, the gestures towards contemporary pastures of a more abstract disposition are heavily underlined. Still Air is a considerably accomplished album with much in its favour and difficult to resist once you succumb to its gentle charm. RJ.