Juta Takahashi: Across the Flow (LR001)
Electronic ambient music in peace from Japan.
All tracks have pleasant sounds by analog synthesizers.
The first album of Juta Takahashi contains following three tunes.
1. Across the Flow (14'54")
Fly high on the wind.
2. Synthetic Rainbox (17'16")
Synthetic rainsong with Moog thunder.
3. Evensong (20'50")
An evening soundscape.
This work is dedicated to Kyo Takahashi.
Released on August 1, 2007.
Review by Bert Strolenberg at Sonic Immersion (August 12, 2013):
What I got here is the debut album by Japanese ambient composer Juta(ro) Takahashi, who only applies analogue synthesizers.
The three lengthy pieces found "Across the Flow" come down to smooth soaring and drifting textures and some piano on the opening (title) track. This freeform music carries on in a minimal, serene style, while maintaining a lush, transparent sound design. The 17-minute "Synthetic Rainbox" floats along as well, but also contains a solo voice showing up occasionally that gets a bit too prominent in the track’s second half." On "Evensong", wide and overall lush spaces take off, with improvised solos (that again could have sounded a tad warmer) hovering over it. It lasts a bit too long though and, combined with the minimal sound design, left a sort of weary feel.
Still, "Across the Flow" as a whole is not a bad effort for a debut, just lacking some compositional structure along being rather edgy when it comes to mastering and production.
Customer Review (by J.F. Sebastian) on CD Baby Page:
Soaring, serene and nostalgic
Soaring, serene and nostalgic. I am sure that this work is not a programmed music. There are contrapuntal harmonies made from improvised melodies. "Evensong" reminds me of Fripp & Eno's "Evening Star". Fine ambient work.
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