現代音楽~サウンド・アートの領域で活躍し、NHK Eテレの番組「スコラ」に出演などもしてきた音楽家が、PROGRESSIVE FOrMより初アルバムを発表。基調としているのはカットアップの切断面を際立たせた電子音楽で、マーク・フェルエディションズ・メゴの諸作に通じる先鋭的な音像を展開しているのだが、そこに流麗なメロディーやハーモニー、自身のヴォーカルなどを注ぎ込み、全編をポップ・ミュージックとして成立させている。特に、柴田聡子Babiをヴォーカリストに迎えたノーブルでキャッチーなエレクトロ・ポップ“Kuzira”“env Reg.”が出色の出来。古川麦が作詞とギターを担った“Mare Song”のフォーキーな叙情も美しい。アカデミックな地平からのポップスへのトライアルという、坂本龍一渋谷慶一郎らの文脈にある作品として捉えられるだろうし、最新モードを歌モノに取り込んでいくアプローチにおいて、冨田ラボ『SUPERFINE』と共通するものも感じられた。広く聴かれるべき傑作だ。


[English Translation]
Shohei Amimori - "SONASILE"
Known for his fascinating work in contemporary music and sound art as well as his appearance on NHK Educational TV's "Schola: Ryuichi Sakamoto's Music School" program, Shohei Amimori drops his debut album for the PROGRESSIVE FOrM label. "SONASILE" is based on electronic music that highlights a cut-up trope, creating an edgy soundscape akin to Mark Fell and Editions MEGO. The result is, however, not so much experimental as pop, leavened with sleek melodies and harmonies as well as his vocals. What stands out here are noble and catchy electro pop tunes like "Kuzira" and "env Reg.," featuring Satoko Shibata and Babi as a vocalist respectively. "Mare Song," in which Baku Furukawa plays the guitar and contributes his lyrics, has a beautiful, folky lyricism. As an academic endeavor to create Amimori’s own pop music, "SONASILE" lands in the same vein as the work of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Keiichiro Shibuya. It also takes a similar approach to Tomita Lab's "SUPERFINE" as it incorporates the latest trends into the vocal tracks. This is an epic album that truly deserves a wide audience.