|Artist||1-4: Opitope; 5-10: Celer|
|Title||1-4: “Physis”; 5-10: Zigzag|
|Design||1-4: paintings by Shinji Miyazawa; all: design by Mondii|
|Music||Electronic, ambient, ethereal, reflective|
|Notes||Spekk was last featured on Hard Format seven years ago so I was very pleased to be contacted by Celer’s Will Long who has a new release on the label. When the parcel arrived, I was similarly delighted to find the CDs carefully wrapped in Japanese newspaper as per Will’s previous package.
The nature of Spekk’s design and the music it curated was a source of quiet pleasure. The design of these two new releases feature a slightly changed format that is more square and solid. It’s a little larger than a standard CD jewel case and although significantly smaller, it feels more like a gatefold 7″ single sleeve. As a result it has a real sense of presence. I like the continuity between previous and new design signified by the coloured bar spanning front, spine and rear with the catalogue number still residing beneath it at the front. It’s these little details, the sense of carefully judged balance and space in both presentation and music that make for real pleasure.
Spekk’s founder Nao Sugimoto is kind enough to speak a little about his label’s reawakening (in a slight echo of Hard Format’s, admittedly occasional, return):
Here’s what Will Long has to say about Zigzag:
I urge you to visit Spekk’s website to listen to samples of the music, but much more if you get any pleasure from beautiful, ethereal music please buy these releases.
|Also||- Spekk (2007)
- Celer and Machinefabriek