Near the Parenthesis- Japanese for Beginners

Japanese for Beginners

Every once in a while  I will cruise the Amazon mp3 download store to get new ideas for blog entries or just to find new music to listen to.  Fortuitously, I stumbled upon a free download from  “Near the Parenthesis.” “Near the Parenthesis” is actually San Francisco-based musician Tim Arndt. The free download was for a track named “soft warmly straw raincoat” and it is just beautiful!  I really enjoyed the light beat that flows with a gorgeous piano performance.  The intro seemed to be some electronic noise and sounded as if someone were trying to tune in to a radio station and then the main portion of the song kicks in.

Arndt puts together some beautiful ambient soundscapes all featuring his piano playing along with all sorts of wonderful electronic sounds.  I also really enjoyed “The First Surface” which uses a lot of off beats to intertwine with the step-like melody.  It’s just a nice flowing piece that builds and builds until it reaches a seemingly out of breath ending and gently fades away.  “In Regard to Water” was a more intense bigger sounding track in which again the piano part carried the melody.  Just stunning.

I cannot reiterate enough what beautiful music Arndt has put together for this album.  Each song is so delicate, it seems if it were missing one voice the entire thing would not work.

His latest album is an aptly titled “The Near Pairing Thesis” and was released in June on n5MD Records. It seemed a bit more calm and laid back than Japanese for Beginners but was a great one to chill out to as well.  Go get it!

Keep chilin’

-Chris