23 Jul 2017

Taking It Easy

From New Horizons, 5:00 pm on 23 July 2017
Mono No Aware, cover image

Mono No Aware, cover image Photo: Pan Records

William Dart was relaxing in the swimming pool the other day and his ear-worm was Jackson Browne's 'Take It Easy'.

So why not a programme of music with a relaxed vibe so to speak. None of it sounds like Jackson Browne though - just a heads-up on that.

He's drawn to a recent album of ambient music called Mono No Aware, which takes its title from a Japanese phrase expressing the awareness of the impermanence or transience of things - a gentle sadness about this state being the reality of life (taken from Wikipedia).

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Photo: Rattle Records

The other featured disc is a recent Rattle Records release and, to be honest, putting it under the title "Taking It Easy" is drawing a slightly long bow. Utterance is more structured improv than ambient, but William finds that the music here is occasionally striving for a similar goal. The three musicians are David Long, Natalia Mann, and the ariki of taonga pūoro, Richard Nunns.

William states, "Despite the endless ingenuity of all three musicians and the almost architectural nous of David Long when it comes to structure, it's Nunns who draws the ear in."

Music Details

'Song title' (Composer) – Performers
Album title
(Label)

'Take it Easy' (Browne/Frey) – Jackson Browne
For Everyman
(Asylum)

'Fr3sh' (Lotfy) – Kareem Lotfy
Mono No Aware
(Pan)

'Exasthrus' (M.E.S.H) – M.E.S.H.
Mono No Aware
(Pan)

'Limerence' (S Bowie) – Yves Tumor
Mono No Aware
(Pan)

'The Feeling When You Walk Away' (S Bowie) – Yves Tumor
Serpent Music
()

'Hidden Cameras' (Long et al) – David Long, Richard Nunns, Natalia Mann
Utterance
(Rattle)

'Celestial Dog' (Long et al) – David Long, Richard Nunns, Natalia Mann
Utterance
(Rattle)

'Spider Shell' (Long et al) – David Long, Richard Nunns, Natalia Mann
Utterance
(Rattle)

'Tihore Mai' (Melbourne) – Moana and the Moahunters
Tahi
(Southside)

'The Nearest Clear Liquid' (Long et al) – David Long, Richard Nunns, Natalia Mann
Utterance
(Rattle)

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