Label: RVNG INTL Breathtakingly calm gossamer folkbient that sounds like a Grouper-axis survey of lo-fi 1990s indie; Satomimagae's "Hanazono" hits an alarming number of sweet spots. Ambient indie doesn't really do it justice, but in smudging the edges of melancholy guitar pop the band have hit upon a rich creative seam that they explore almost academically over the course of the album. The production is lo-fi throughout, but intentionally so: every distorted tape loop feels as if it's been placed entirely purposefully to add to an aesthetic haze that sounds as if you've been teleported into a faerie kingdom. "Manuke" is a pure gem, you can just about make out words if you listen carefully, but each syllable is sucked into a dream-pop fog that gets progressively more blissful as layers of vocals build into a dense pink cloud. Percussion is mostly swerved altogether, but when Satomimagae do decide to add rhythm, it's overdriven mic-slaps that build into a decadent thump on "Numa". "Hanzono" is a minor marvel, sounding like traces of music you just about recall woven into reassuring ambient lullabies.