Takaakira "Taka" Goto (Japan): Classical Punk and Echoes Under The Beauty


Instrumental - Ambient - Modern Classical

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Dupa concertul de la Bucuresti, alaturi de colegii sai de la MONO, ne reintalnim cu Takaakira Taka” Goto, care revine in plin turneu european cu un nou material, de aceasta data primul album din cariera solo. Intitulat Classical Punk and Echoes Under The Beauty, albumul cuprinde compozitii ce dateaza de mai bine de un deceniu, completate si remasterizate pentru lansarea din acest an, sub egida cunoscutului label Pelagic Records.

Cu toate ca putem regasi elemente compozitionale clasice ce transpar si in muzica MONO, acest material nu se adreseaza neaparat fanilor Post-Rock-ului, fie si acela practicat de japonezi, ci este mai degraba un album adresat impatimitilor Ambient si Modern Classical, acelora dintre noi pentru care muzica de film este la fel de importanta ca pelicula in sine.

Nu ar fi neaparat o noutate faptul ca muzica MONO a inspirat tineri artisti din lumea filmului in crearea de animatii si scurtmetraje, cel mai recent exemplu fiind Where We Begin, numit astfel dupa una dintre noile piese de pe dublul disc. Cum de altfel nici cariera sa de compozitor de muzica de film, precum Snow Angels (2007) sau All God's Children Can Dance (2010). Taka marturisea in interviul MONO pentru MUZAHOLIC ca: „Atunci cand citesc un scenariu care ma face sa simt ceva, aud imediat in minte linii melodice. Este ca si cum piesa isi avea locul acolo dintotdeauna si apare dintr-odata in fata ta.”

Odata cu Classical Punk and Echoes Under The Beauty, parcurgem insa un drum invers: avem aici o coloana sonora pentru amintirile si visurile noastre. Sau poate nu… Poate trecem dincolo de individualismul ce ne caracterizeaza si facem un mic exercitiu de imaginatie. De ce? Pentru ca piesele de pe acest album au fost inspirate de filmul din 1996 al lui Lars von Trier, Breaking the Waves, care se pare ca a avut un impact puternic asupra muzicianului. Intamplator sau nu, acesta este primul film al regizorului danez vazut de mine acum multi, multi ani, si pot spune ca niciun altul nu a mai avut acelasi efect halucinant asupra mea.

Ne-o putem inchipui pe tanara Bess vorbind dumnezeului ei in „Delicate Madness” sau luptand cu sine, in singuratatea ei apasatoare, in „Isolation”. Trecerea timpului in „Till The Night Comes” si amploarea momentelor din „Emptiness Corridor” sunt stapanite, ca si in cazul lui von Trier, cu maiestrie de Taka. As incerca chiar sa revad filmul, cu dialogul pe mut si muzica lui Taka pe fundal.

Inca de la aparitia primei compozitii mi-am dorit nespus sa-mi placa acest material sau cel putin sa nu imi ramana indiferent, cum probabil se intampla de fiecare data cand un artist se desprinde de grupul sau pentru a aduce publicului o exprimare singulara si personala: pentru ca astfel descrie Taka Classical Punk...: „Nu ma gandeam la acea vreme ca am sa impartasesc publicului acest album. Nu suna deloc a MONO, asa ca l-am pastrat ca pe o urma a lumilor mele inchipuite, ca pe o colectie personala.”

Dar Classical Punk and Echoes Under The Beauty nu doar imi place, ci imi place din ce in ce mai mult. Cu fiecare noua auditie viorile sunt parca mai viu colorate chiar si in scurtul moment „Muse”, iar simplitatea liniei melodice, adanc ancorata in melancolie, care ma surprinde ori de cate ori ascult „Silence of Eden”. Avem parte aici si de chitare, tobe, insa rolul lor este unul secundar. Classical Punk... este un album pe gustul meu si sper din tot sufletul sa va prinda si pe voi. Sau macar sa va spuna o poveste.



After last week’s amazing concert in Bucharest, where he took the stage by storm along his colleagues in the midst of MONO’s European tour, Takaakira “Taka” Goto once again surprises us, only this time it’s with his solo debut. Entitled Classical Punk and Echoes Under The Beauty, the songs were originally written and recorded in 2003, but never fully completed and ready for general release. That is until 2015, when Pelagic Records are finally releasing the album on April 27.

Although there are elements that remind us of the classical touches of MONO’s music (a great example is their orchestral Post-Rock live album with the New York Symphony Orchestra), this solo record might not appeal to fans of their earlier, heavier sounds. We might say that the songs will definitely appeal to those who enjoy Ambient and Modern Classical compositions, to those for whom the soundtrack of a movie is just as important as the film itself.

It’s no news that MONO’s music has inspired young artists and directors in creating animations and short films, the most recent being Where We Begin, named so after one of their new songs from last year’s twin release. His unique compositional style also shines through his experience in scoring films such as Snow Angels (2007) and All God's Children Can Dance (2010).  He even explains in the MONO interview for MUZAHOLIC that: “When I read the script and feel something, I hear the melodies in my head straight away. It’s almost like the song was meant to be there all along and appear in front of me all of a sudden.”

With Classical Punk and Echoes Under The Beauty it is somehow the other way around: here we have the perfect soundtrack for recalling memories and dreams. Or maybe not… perhaps we could go beyond our individualistic nature and exercise our imagination. Why? Because these songs were also strongly inspired by Danish film director Lars von Trier, especially by his 1996 movie Breaking the Waves, which apparently had a great impact on Taka. Incidentally, this was also the very first von Trier film I ever saw and it is to date the one that impressed me the most.

We could imagine young, innocent Bess talking to her god in “Delicate Madness” or alone, fighting her unbearable solitude in “Isolation”. The passing of time in “Till The Night Comes” and the slow-paced moments in „Emptiness Corridor” are mastered, just like von Trier does, with greatness. I could even try to watch Breaking the Waves as a silent movie, with Taka’s music in the background.

From the moment the first song was released I really wanted to like this album or at least not to be indifferent to it, as it’s often the case when an artist separates him- or herself from the group to create something singular and deeply personal. This is how Taka describes his solo album: “I wasn’t actually thinking about sharing this album with anyone at the time. It didn’t sound like MONO, so I left it as a trail to my envisioned world, as my personal collection”.

Not only do I like Classical Punk and Echoes Under The Beauty, I like it more and more, growing on me with every new listen. Every time the strings become more colourful and more animated, the melodic lines of the piano surprising me whenever I hear first notes of “Silence of Eden”. There are also drums, guitars and waves of reverb, but their role here is secondary, flickering somewhere in the background. Classical Punk... is sure to become one of my favourite Modern Classical albums, and I do hope that one way or another it will speak to you as well.


Album:Classical Punk and Echoes Under The Beauty

Label: Pelagic Records

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Data aparitiei: 27.05.2015

Text: Ana-Maria Gavrila



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