Miyamoto Takashi – Polarization (CD Album – Kyou Records)
Genre/Influences: Experimental, abstract, dark-ambient.
Background/Info: Japanese artist and producer Miyamoto Takashi is already involved with music since the 80s. He experimented with different styles and projects. “Polarization” is the fifth album in the “Neo Electroacoustic Ambient Series”.
Content: This album totally matches with the concept of the conceptual series set up by Kyou Records owner Kazuya Ishigami. You’ll discover total experimentalism and abstract music passages progressively evolving towards ambient atmospheres. Buzzing noises, irritating sound signals, field recordings, but still slow trip-hop-like rhythms and a surprising Dive-like electro-industrial piece reveal the eclecticism of this artist.
+ + + : “Polarization” makes me think of a sonic puzzle made of multiple little pieces, which all reveal a different influence. The music is made of numerous manipulations and experimentalism creating a kind of free-style. This artist clearly deals with an impressive number of influences. The danceable electro-industrial “Beat Gift (For Elders)” even sounds as a track for the dancefloors. I also enjoyed some ports for the visual side of the work.
– – – : I have no real problem with diversity, but this album sometimes makes me think of a sampler instead of the work from one artist.
Conclusion: Miyamoto Takashi is next to a sound scientist also a real sonic chameleon dealing with an impressive palette of influences.
Best songs: “Beat Gift (For Elders)”, “Heavenly Falling”.
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