Hiroshi Minami/Eiko Ishibashi – GASPING_SIGHING_SOBBING (Bandcamp, digital)

The cover of »GASPING_SIGHING_SOBBING« features Lili Boulanger in front of the Tokyo Tower, and that is not the only puzzling thing about this joint album by Hiroshi Minami and Eiko Ishibashi. The pianist Minami and the all-rounder Ishibashi, who on these recordings was responsible for vocals and synthesiser, among other things, create a kind of hybrid of soft jazz and the timbres of early 20th century classical music, whose peculiar magic unfolds slowly and remains wonderfully incomprehensible throughout.