Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Recently put on the circuit via the Tokyo-based experimental music label Noble is "Moon", the first full length album piece of Osaka's Takashi Hattori - his second release ever after his 2013 six-track debut "Unborn" which came out years after he first studio experience in his teenage years when he was permitted to use the recording studio of a Japanese major label for his experiments. Influenced by his work on the soundtrack of the Franco-Japanese film "Technology" which is about to be screened in 2016 as well as an extended trip to India Hattori fuses these experiences with elements of PsychRock on tracks like "Old & New", incorporates highly sophisticated, nervous and clearly Jazz-oriented finger picking techniques in many pieces, builds instrumental layers created of both traditional and electronic instruments on odd, syncopated drum machine loops until they fall together unveiling a spaced out, partly even Kubin'esque quality ("The Sand Effects") and provides extraterrestrial EthnoJazz for highly drugged out space bars with the well-fascinating polyrhythmic effort named "Rickshaw" which, in all its glorious quirkyness, is a smash hit of its own kind. Following up is "Borderline", an Ambient / ChillOut piece of tranquil beauty seamlessly leading into the melodramatic multilayered flow of "Gravity" and its tilting lo-fi bleeps heavily contrasting the solemn string foundation whilst more spaced out, multidimensional sonic thrill is served by "Pink", which'd perfectly fit in in the score of Carpenter's "Dark Star" or futuristic sci-fi flics of the same era due to its tripping sound aesthetics and theremin abuse. "Soma" fuses filtered Noise, reprocessed piano outbursts, off-kilter strings and brass instruments to a well cacophonic, yet fascinating result, "Partition" incorporates elements of highly dramatic opera as well as ritualistic drumming accompanied by scientific sounds resembling computer operations and the final piece "Forgive Me" once again comes in a jazzy vein, touches borders of Easy Listening structurewise but presents way too twisted sound aesthetics to serve as background music for fancy cocktails and a cheerful dance - but will in a better future for sure. A highly complex and defo demanding twelve tracks within 38 minutes album piece that defo should be checked out by all those loving their music touching the leftfield and unique side of spectrum.