I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little enthused to bring this to your attention. Sapphire Slows is a Japanese artist hailing from Tokyo. I say I’m a little enthused purely because of the fact that this artist doesn’t hail from the Commonwealth nations or the US. Not Not Fun offers up (as always) an excellent description of this EP’s contents. This is music meant for cruising around the night with. With its brooding synth chimes and smoky chanting, this can set the perfect mood for it. You can imagine yourself just gazing at Tokyo’s dizzyingly bright and kinetic skyline while listening to this thing. The cover art is rather excellent, too, with (what I assume to be) her silouette super imposed with what looks like African tribal art. Anyway I won’t employ the title as part of a pun, but I will advise you to check out True Breath below on Spotify and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

A fresh voice is hard to find (especially in our Age Of Static). So it was with a layered joy that we found ourselves uniquely seduced by this young Tokyo gem-gleaner’s reflective gallery of delicate Casio nightlife masks, each of which feels stitched from thrifted fiber optic cables and swathed in the gauze of her haunted Cocteau drifter voice-smoke. There’s a wonderfully hushed vibe to Sapphire Slows’ most translucent tracks, beats materializing out of stray radio waves, electric piano accents dissipating into the silent skyscraper skyline, weightless synth textures billowing above shadowed city parks. The ideal soundtrack for metropolis insomnia, wandering and wondering and lingering too long. True Breath is her stateside debut EP after a 7 inch on Big Love, so soak in her subtle night moves now while the breath is still warm. Black vinyl 12 inches in bilingual new wave patterned shadow portrait jackets designed by A & B Brown. Edition of 500.

Price $10

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