Cover art by WALTHISNEY
ODG134 : WHALTHISNEY / Bodthisdharma - Sex, Sake & Zen - Haunted Songs About the Ghost of Ikkyu Sojun
WHALTHISNEY (see also OUC018) is back with ghost piano pieces entered around Ikkyū (一休宗純, Ikkyū Sōjun, 1394–1481) who was an eccentric, iconoclastic Japanese Zen Buddhist monk and poet. He had a great impact on the infusion of Japanese art and literature with Zen attitudes and ideals. Ikkyu Sojun decided to be true to himself and that meant regular trips to brothels. Ikkyu decided to challenge the established practices of Zen by doing the opposite.
The music here depicts different moments of his life in an haunting manner, meaning the general sound of the tracks are based on buffered piano sounds and electronics, like the music was coming from far away but in the same time being like behind your back... Refreshing and intriguing at the same time!
Digital release on the 8th of January 2021.
1: Crazy Cloud
3: Drunken Taoist
7: I Hate Incense
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