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Juta Takahashi: Pleochroism (nt15)
Beautiful deep drones from Japan. Nothing cluttered. Precise clean layers of sound.
The thirteenth album of Juta Takahashi, entitled "Pleochroism", has been released in December, 2019, from Neotantra. The album consists of following four long-form ambient tracks.
1. Pleochroism 1 (14:22)
2. Faint Light (10:54)
3. Pleochroism 2 (20:50)
4. Soarer (15:54)
Composed, arranged, produced and performed by Juta Takahashi
Recorded at Lunisolar Studio, Sendai Japan
Released on December 31, 2019, from Neotantra, UK
Juta Takahashi is grateful to Lee Anthony Norris, Neotantra label owner.
Review by Bert Strolenberg on Sonic Immersion (January 11, 2020):
"Pleochroism" is Jutaro Takahashi’s debut-release on Lee Anthony Norris Neotantra-label (motto: Tantric solutions for ears). The outcome -that sees the Japanese composer in search of microcosmic beauty- continues Jutaro’s tranquil textural work as featured on his previous albums.
A smooth, lush expanse of pastel colours sets off on the two-part title piece. The morphing synth washes feel like warm rays of sunshine on "Pleochroism 1" though create an introspective, more desolate, almost longing atmosphere on "Pleochroism 2". "Faint Light" presents a denser sound design evolving slightly mysterious as it drifts onward. Things really soothe down on the final piece "Soarer", a gentle floating 16-minute exercise of vintage soundscapes most notably elevating into ethereal realms in the second half.
With "Pleochroism" Mr Takahashi has delivered another nice introspective aural work his followers shouldn’t miss out on I recon.
Review by Chuck van Zyl on STAR'S END (February 6, 2020):
Juta Takahashi is strong enough to dream. In his music we do not re-locate, but rather we de-locate. The CD Pleochroism (62'06") strengthens our hearts, as it stills our minds. Its music resides outside worldly realms - allowing us to step easily into sustaining zones of cerebral contemplation. As whispering synthesizers drift into silence, we find each of this album's four electronic hymns to be a study in harmonic contrasts. Under a cloud cover of digital reverberation string triads sound out in the way moonlight sometimes shimmers. Beams of music, refracted through the spirit of the player, swirl elegantly throughout the sound space. Weightless notes bloom across a range of color and mass - in a process understood only on their own terms. Chords drift, slip and lift in a sweet reverie - as softer sounds prevail and coax the night to stay a few moments longer. Fitting easily into the New Age or Ambient Music categories, Pleochroism is a lush counterpoint to the lesser works of these classes. Each track seems to expand continuously over its duration - flowing gently through a range of sculpted textures and sustained moods. Pastoral and silvery then dark and dense, these slowly shifting realizations open up space then fill it with sound - as deep sonic pleasures lead to reassuring calm. In a time most concerned with the mastery of the world out there, listeners to Pleochroism may transcend the day-to-day - and find contentment dwelling in the universe found in here - within ourselves.
"Pleochroism" is available as both factory-pressed (glass mastered) CD, limited to 150 copies, and digital download. You can purchase it from Neotantra bandcamp and their partners.
We can sell only 17 CDs out of limited 150 copies, at Juta Takahashi bandcamp.