Review: ‘The World of Heavy Percussion and Large Japanese Drums’ from STS Analog

“The complex rhythms are intoxicating but it’s the timbre and the individual tonal character of the drums and the percussive elements that totally seduce me. Everything sounds so organic… the drums really do sound like they’re carved from trees with animal skins stretched over. Shakers sound like beans in the husk of a gourd and contrast wonderfully with the wooden ‘thock’ of what I guess is a balafon. Overlaying all these woody textures are bells that are sweet, shimmering and crystal clear, while faint vocal chanting adds the perfect seasoning to the mix.”

Hop over to to read Dave Denyer’s recent review of ‘The World of Heavy Percussion and Large Japanese Drums’, a new release on open reel tape from STS Digital / Analog.