Nosaj Thing – Eclipse/Blue feat. Kazu Makino
Nosaj Thing’s unswerving production chops provide the perfect sonic environment for Makino’s ever-ethereal melodies to float around. Sometimes with collabs like this, the end product can be overly ambitious, with clashing ideas that really don’t fit together; not the case with Eclipse/Blue – it’s so well balanced. Everything is complimentary, it’s as if a space was specifically carved out for Makino to fill. There are no fights for attention; they simply guide each other along. Emphasis on the organic qualities of the track are clear, with Nosaj Thing relying more on the use (and re-use) of vocals/guitar than straight up digital avenues, employing only minimal beats/synth to give momentum and articulation.
The result is a very human tune that really gels. But is the whole greater than the sum of its parts? Hmm. It’s definitely on par with each artist’s solo endeavours; and par for the likes of such musical wizards is a pretty damn high benchmark.
Words – HL