Released in early February, this was one of the first albums I fell in love with in 2021. We were coming out of winter – a dark time any year, but doubly so against the backdrop of lockdown. So, this collection, inspired by Junichiro Tanizaki’s essay of the same name, resonated. Tanizaki talks of the importance of darkness, the role of shadows, and Jacob Allen has applied that same ethos to his musical approach.
This is a dark, glitchy, atmospheric album. Allen’s voice floats ethereally over a murky and remote backing. It is perfect for listening to late at night when the world is asleep.