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Aspirational Music: Hiro Kone's Favourite Tracks
Bernie Brooks , November 3rd, 2021 10:32

From the duduk to spiritual jazz, Hiro Kone's Nicky Mao guides Bernie Brooks through a selection of thirteen tracks that informed and inspired her latest LP, Silvercoat The Throng


Kyoka - 'Toy Planet'

tQ: I'd never heard this track before. It's really sick.

Have you never listened to Kyoka? It totally passed you by? Because this whole album is amazing. I played it so much. And it's one of those albums where every track is different. It's beyond genre.

One thing I wanted to say about Kyoka is that I've always really identified with her. I don't really know much about her approach to electronic music, it’s just kind of coming from a feeling, but her approach seems very unconcerned with the constraints of form. It's very exploratory. It feels very sincere in that way. I relate to that as someone who loves all kinds of music, who has played in bands and studied violin when I was kid, and comes from this different - you know, I've always felt like a little bit of an outsider in electronic music, because I've never necessarily been meaning to make electronic music. And I think that could be the case with Kyoka. I have no idea, but I feel, when I listen to her, that it reaches this place that is sort of unquantifiable.

The thing I really love about this track is how it's kind of focused and subtle at the beginning, and then it just opens up with all these loops and randomness happening. I can almost feel what it must have felt like to have all those bits fall right into place at that moment. Oh damn, that must have been so exciting! And I can tell you, when you're the person making that, a lot of the time it just suddenly happens. I'm sure there are composers out there who can intentionally make that happen, but for me, it's a process of trial and error. There's a quality in this track that I really like that reminds me of that joy, and that excitement, and that feeling of, "Oh my god, how do I keep this going?"