1. Tate-jima (??, vertical stripes)
2. Tate-waku (???, rising steam)
3. Hishi-igeta (???, parallel diamonds or crossed cords)
4. Shippo (??, seven treasures of the Buddha)1
5. Toridasuki (??, interlaced circles of two birds)
6. Fundo (??, counterweights).
7. Koshi (??, checks)
8. Amime (??, fishing nets)
9. Uroko (?, fish scales)
10. Hishi-moyo (???, diamonds)O
11. Kagome (??, woven bamboo)
12. Nakamura koshi (????, plaid design of the Nakamura family)p
13. Yarai (??, bamboo fence)
14. Yoko-jima (??, horizontal stripes)
Vinyl LP pressing. Blueblue is the 2022 full-length from multi-instrumentalist and all-around vibe wizard, Sam Gendel. The record, out October 14 via Leaving Records, is a concise, tightly wound song suite whose 14 tracks each correspond to a pattern within sashiko, a traditional style of Japanese embroidery. This conceit remains playfully ambiguous - to what extent, if at all, is Kagome (??, woven bamboo) meant to evoke the pattern of the same name, for example? But there is an intuitive sense, throughout blueblue, that Gendel has, in this instance, narrowed his focus. To say that blueblue feels richly textural might be a little on-the-nose, thematically, but alas... it does. There is an intimacy, a humility, and a strength at play here that typifies the work of a master craftsman. Only an artist could make it sound so effortless.