Seattle based multi-instrumentalist Amy Denio has managed to create one of the most vivid, most alluring, most captivating drone albums I have heard in a very long time. "Tasogare" (Twilight) initially debuted 5 years ago as a the sound component to a Yoko Murao dance piece performed out of doors at sunset using natural light (or the fading of) as the setting. While recognizing the importance of environment, and even finding nature, in the performance is not too difficult, it is a little more of a challenge to visualize the movement that would accompany the piece.
That said it does make for intense listening. There is little doubt that the album would have been a perfect if it only consisted of Denio's massive accordion chord drones, vocal workouts, and noise exploration; which accounts for much of the disc's 45 minutes. As the piece progresses, however, Denio teams with Eyvind Kang (viola & effects) and shifts the focus entirely. His addition serves to enhance an already beautiful musical experience and as a bonus treats the listener to the wondrous fruits of inspired collaboration. Search this one out; it'll be worth the effort. 9/10 -- Chris Jacques (27 June, 2006)