The mysterious Swede returned this year, taking his influences further east following his highly sought after Anatolian inspired debut...
Wabi Sabi is a luscious LP of library grooves and psychedelic jazz-funk flavoured with east asian zither flourishes and bamboo flute flutters. Every single track sounds like that one absolute gem from an otherwise uninteresting library record or obscue 70s soundtrack LP, the kind endlessly sampled by discerning cratediggers. Wah-wah guitar and heavy hitting drum breaks abound.
The album is pretty unashamed in its exoticism yet seems to have some kind of forcefield surrounding it, allowing it to traverse through all this potentially inauthentic and contrived territory without picking up even a whiff of cheesiness. Nothing feels out of place, everything expertly integrated into a cohesive, gorgeously arranged whole. Big thumbs up.