Walking through Tokyo at the Turn of the Century
Shinjuku Station (south entrance) – Ticket vending machines, telephone, wicket beeps, train arrival/departure music.
More a documentary than a composition, Sarah Peebles’ release is nevertheless perfectly capturing the soul of a city that’s world famous for its messy life. But what’s incredible listening to “108″ is the fact that the very characters of noise, confusion and – not to exaggerate – stress one usually gets in metropolitan environment become – little by little – appreciated companions in any of their particular inflexions: the fast-food girl’s almost carillon-like voice accompanied by company jingles, a preacher, commercial music from Japanese radio, and so on… The only moment of relief comes with the wonderful tolling of a temple’s bell preceding the New Year. Here you have the total meeting: the body has time to settle down, the mind can work in spans at last. Contrarily to similar projects that just draw a blank, Sarah’s soundscape needs to be listened with polished ears.
— Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes