Ambient Artist Ki Oni has announced the first of two new releases
via sound as language. ‘Indoor Plant Life’ was released out one week early for Name Your Price on Bandcamp Friday. Listen to Plant Life I and Plant Life II via YouTube below.
Ki Oni is the pseudonym of ambient artist Chuck Soo-Hoo named after a creature in a Japanese monster movie – a tree with a human face that spews flower pedals from its mouth. Soo-Hoo similarly inhabits a surreal space between the artificial and natural worlds, a liminal zone where the fabricated blends with the fluid and music is a river, flowing of its own accord.
Soo-Hoo’s newest release is concerned with the confluence of human artifice and the infinitude of nature. For example, Indoor Plant Life approximates the swishing of a houseplant next to an open window, a symbol of a year spent shut inside. Of the album’s creation, Soo-Hoo says: “Inspired by quarantine life, I resonated with my indoor plants.”
Soo-Hoo splits his time between working at dublab, L.A.’s freeform radio station, and co-hosting Contact Wave, the station’s resident ambient and experimental music program. He has previously released music on Inner Islands, Atlantic Rhythms, Doom Trip, Geographic North, Never Content, and Pyramid Blood.