Shinya Sugimoto is a composer who splits his time between Osaka, Japan and New York. This year, he released an EP of somber piano and ambient pieces that’s dedicated to memories of his father who passed away earlier this year.
It’s ambient piano music that won’t exactly appeal to say, the PC Music crowd, but as Dirty Beaches’ Stateless and Arca’s debut have shown, there’s a growing interest in music that’s compositionally different to what usually circulates in the indie music circuit. The EP features a collaborative performance with modern classical group Sontag Shogun, transcriptions of Mozart’s Requiem mass, plus an original composition. Through all of this, Sugimoto’s piano playing transports the listener through a warmly tinted and deeply emotive world. You can find his music on Bandcamp.
Watch a short clip of Sugimoto performing below: