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Juta Takahashi: Remembrance (LR003)
Beautiful ambient music featuring analog synthesizers, string machines and pianodrops.
You stray off into travels in the blue, drift at a border of the space and recur to the past.
The third album of Juta Takahashi contains following three tunes.
1. Daydream (18'38")
What is the reality, and what is non-reality?
2. Outward (20'54")
Travel to the outer space.
3. Remembrance (17'10")
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
This work is dedicated to Juichi Takahashi (1924－2013).
Released on April 17, 2008.
Review by Bert Strolenberg at Sonic Immersion (October 6, 2008):
Juta(ro) Takahashi is a Japanese ambient musician residing in Sendai,Miyagi, who prefers using analogue gear.
"Remembrance" is his third official album, of which the improvised music shows distinct influences of Brian Eno and Harold Budd.
The three extended pieces of 18, 20 and 17 minutes on the cd feature free form and minimal oriented music taking place in the slow lane.
"Daydream" sets out nicely with flowing, uplifting textures and piano improvisation, all creating an overall calming, mesmerizing atmosphere.
"Outward", supposed to travel to outer space, doesn't sound as uplifting and spacious as the title may suggest, beside the fact the slowly unfolding soundscapes could do with a bit more warmth.
The best piece for sure is the closing (title)track, softly moving between melancholy and contemplation, coming close to the spirit of Peter Davidson's "Winds of Space".
This track would sparkle even more with some further production and mastering, as the overall sounds tend to be a bit harsh.
Overall, this slow drifting, peaceful album is for those loving Liquid Mind and alike.
"Remembrance" is available to purchase physically as part of "Triad", a USB memory stick release.
The original physical release (CD-R) is sold out. There is no plan for CD-DA reissue at present.