"In Christmas of 2008 I was sent some work by a Japanese artist from Will Long. He was convinced I would like it and I fell in love with the pieces immediately. The name of this rather wonderful artist was Taishi Kamiya, and the tracks sent were live improvised tracks using mostly just soprano saxophone and laptop. Now I'll be honest - I've never been a huge fan of the saxophone. So when Will told me his instrument of choice was the saxophone, I had my reservations. But I needn't have done because what Taishi does with the saxophone is singularly and uniquely utterly mesmerising. I've always been a huge fan of intelligently done improvised work and Taishi's was just a cut above anything else I had heard in a long time. After getting in touch, we decided to make a studio produced record as well as releasing the original "site-specific" improvised work. As such, "Spectra of Air" was born from these takes, formed into a beautiful work of subtle developments, and carefully woven textures. It was an enormous surprise to receive the final album, with its focus on hidden melodies and an overall rounded development which perhaps can be overlooked in improvised work. You'll just have to trust me that it makes a really interesting difference between this and Taishi's "live" album which we will be releasing in 2011." (label info) Limited edition of 300 copies, digipack.