One of my most memorable and joyous listening experiences this past year came on a gloriously sunny late summer afternoon as I walked through Berlin’s Hasenheide Park. As my eyes bathed in the flickering light breaking through the canopy above, my ears were treated to the irresistible sounds of Japanese artist Michiru Aoyama’s aptly titled Brilliant Days. This combination of sensory experiences cut straight into the mainline of my happy place to create a moment of deep personal joy that left a lasting impression. It's one that has remained through further listening and what makes Brilliant Days such a special record.
Michiru, who has been been creating music since childhood, was given great encouragement in 2006 when legendary composer Ryuichi Sakamoto selected his work for a Japanese radio audition. In 2008 he travelled to Berlin to study electronic music production and it was here that he began to develop an identity as an artist. Now back in his homeland and living in the tranquil city of Kyoto, Michiru has found the perfect environment and setting to focus on making the kind of ambient music that he loves.
Will a string of full length releases on labels such as Mirae Arts, Organic Industries and Somehow Recordings, I am delighted to have Michiru Aoyama create a set of exclusive unreleased material for his Métron Mixtape. Through a kaleidoscopic and enchanting 35 minutes, the set leads us on a serene journey through his unique take on modern Japanese ambient. Brimming with deep swells of rich nostalgic drone, tinged with refracting chimes and glistening strings.
Read the full interview and listen to the beautiful mix on Metron: https://metronrecords.com/058-Michiru-Aoyama