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Akusmi - Fleeting Future
Akusmi - Fleeting Future

Akusmi - Fleeting Future

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Absolutely stunning, this. Incredible sonic details and beautifully evolving music.


Akusmi is the new project moniker of French-born, London based composer, multi- instrumentalist and producer Pascal Bideau, who signs to the new Tonal Union imprint for the release of his album ‘Fleeting Future.’ With its hallucinatory, genre-defying blend of minimalism, cosmic jazz and Fourth World influences, and in its quest for optimism in the face of unknown and limitless possibility. ‘Fleeting Future’ stands apart as an inventive and inspirational debut.

Really thrilled to bring this to you as a Dinked Edition.

The album connects directly to nature and the wider world in its evocation of perceptive shifts and transitions from microscopic to macro scale, as evidenced by the opening title track ‘Fleeting Future’, on which a simple dotted saxophone line morphs and billows into synths, brass and strings, indicating the musical voyage that lies ahead. Like the start of a journey or adventure it is full of anticipation, its arborescent growth conveying the optimism of the unknown and of limitless possibility. The album centrepiece ‘Neo Tokyo’ is a vibrating, ebullient mass of colliding elements which feels like zooming in to the electron level, as it teeters on the edge of chaos. The title is a reference to Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, a dizzying work of art set in a sprawling futuristic metropolis.

‘Yurikamome’, meanwhile, is an imaginary soundtrack inspired by Bideau’s yearning to visit Japan which he fuels by watching Youtube videos of drives and rides through Japanese landscapes and cities. “It’s amazing” he adds, “that we have the ability to access almost anywhere in the world and see what it’s like, that people document it and upload it. It’s never going to be any replacement for the real thing, but with places that really touch you, it works.” The track is named after a Japanese monorail train line which rides from Shinbashi to Toyosu, a last journey that feels like a new beginning.

Format Info

+ Dinked Edition 186
+ Transparent red vinyl *
+ 4 x A6 postcard set (by visual artist Sigrid Calon, riso printed, 1 signed by Akusmi) *
+ Hand-numbered sticker *
+ Heavyweight reverse board sleeve in PVC wallet
+ Limited pressing of 300 *
+ One Per Customer

* EXCLUSIVE to Dinked Edition


Side A
A1. Fleeting Future
A2. Sarinbuana
A3. Divine Moments of Truth
A4. Neo Tokyo

Side B
B1. Longing for Tomorrow
B2. Cogito
B3. Concrescence
B4. Yurikamome

Artist: Akusmi
Label: Tonal Union
Catalogue: TU001LPDNK
Barcode: 5060446128589
Format: LP
Release Date: 8th July 2022
"French composer Pascal Bideau rearranges hypnotic gamelan riffs into complex magic that recalls Reich and Nyman with a touch of Motown"

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