The team at the GHOSTLY label continues to raise the bar with their latest relase entitled Ancient Future, the second collaboration between composer and visionary pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto and electronic pioneer Christopher Willits. Built around a series of piano pieces that Sakamoto sent to Willits after the release of the duo’s first record together, 2008’s Ocean Fire, the six tracks that make up Ancient Future are entirely instrumental. GHOSTLY describes the album as follows:
As a whole, Ancient Future functions as a piece about the creation, acceptance and completion of one’s fate and all of life’s experiences, following a trajectory through inner conflict, resolution and, ultimately, acceptance. The six-song cycle moves through a narrative of sorts, each piece with a story to tell and an aspect of life to explore. The album opens with the restless energy of “Reticent Reminiscence”, an energy that subsides into the introversion of “Abandoned Silence” and “I Don’t Want to Understand” and, eventually, the cold disassociation of “Levitation”. A certain warmth returns with “Releasing”, its guitar arpeggios like washes of sunlight, and the album’s journey finally resolves into closing track “Completion”, a piece that’s full of quiescent tranquility, perhaps reflecting the experience of finally coming to know oneself.
GHOSTLY is selling a limited number of 200 clear vinyl copies of Ancient Future, and of course the black standard weight vinyl as well. Both vinyl versions come with a white paper dust sleeve and a 2-panel art sleeve printed jacket with a 3mm spine, and they each includes the download card. You can purchase these, or the CD and MP3 versions of the album, by visiting TheGhostlyStore.com.