KAZUMASA HASHIMOTO
Gllia

YASUSHI YOSHIDA
Secret Figure

MIDORI HIRANO
LushRush

[Noble, www.noble-label.net]

I don't know how representative these three records are of the Japanese pop-rock-electronica scene [there's too much stuff out there to digest all at once]. One thing is for sure - all of these turn my crank towards their leanings in musical tastes. Falling under the Noble label's "music for daily life" realm, each one has something new to offer and a tender way to serve up their concoctions.
Composer Kazumasa Hashimoto's latest release "Gllia" offers up a world of the soft, the unspoken and the hushed. In a course of twelve somewhat brief tracks, he brings to life a world of luscious harmonies, beautiful ballads and pop-rock glissandi that is worthy of some swooning action. Uma Torrini's vocals are those of someone drowning - trying hard to stay afloat but softly taking their last breath. Another vocalist prominently featured on the record is one Ms. V. She sounds like she's floating on air, all the while hushed instruments are twirling above her head. On "Ne connissons", Hashimoto whips out some mellow guitar samples and piano flurries that allow the song to flow smoothly, while the title track is a reflective meditation with intermittent mellotron and glockenspiel elements. The violin and cello swirls are added as well and all make for good effect. Glockenspiel is used lightly on nearly all of the tracks and makes them sound less serious then they actually are. Many of the pieces resemble a grade school class of students rehearsing before their big performance. That's a good thing. These players are testing the waters in a cesspool of Hashimoto's imagination and bringing the concoction of snow-flake electronica to life. Creation process has rarely sounded this fulfilling.
Yasushi Yoshida is a composer who has been making music for various dance ensembles for a while. The music on "Secret Figure" was composed for guitar and piano and was played by Yoshida himself along with a group of guest musicians. This is hardcore cinematic music. It's full of life, yet it's thoughtful and wilting. It's sombre, yet it's got charisma and charm. It's direct but yet it's subtle in delivering the message. It's flowing, yet it's full of strange twists and turns at every corner. This stuff was made with the aid of computer but yet it has a distinct, overwhelming homey and human aspect about it. It speaks to you but not at you. Slew of violin, cellos and bass that were used on various tracks adds a glowing charm. Light clicking of sampled beats ensures the music flows in a smooth way, without making too much noise about itself. Yoshida's music is not something you may want to play to impress your EAI-obsessed friends. Rather, it's something that is subtle, reflecting and warm. All instrumentation is played with deep emotion and ultimately everything about this record is ear friendly. Like a cup of hot chocolate on a freezing winter morning, it's good to know someone has make a piece of music that can bring this much comfort to your life. A word of caution - do not play this disc if undergoing treatment for manic depression.
After completing her classical piano studies in 2003, Midori Hirano began to compose using computers and samplers. That turn of events made her break out into a flurry of recording activity. Having appeared solely on compilations, "LushRush" is Hirano's debut full-length [following a rare EP issued by a Luxembourg label]. Tico Moon's Toshihiko Kageyama guests on guitar on the album, along with violin and cello player Atsuko Hatano and viola player Eriko Teshima. All of these elements along with Hirano's introspective piano playing make for a melancholy record. "Secret Aria" is one of the saddest ballads I've heard so far this year. As Hirano is singing softly behind a veil of shrouded sound, you get an impression she's somewhat shy to let her vocal prowess come out. When computers are used - as on the gorgeous "Inori" - you get a sense the composer is doing her best to get the electronic and acoustic elements talking to one another. Perhaps this will be a record that will be rejected by those who can't handle an infusion of "sad" music. Then again, sad is only in the ear of the listener. Personally, this is a record full of human emotion and remains a sea of bliss.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Z'EV - Metaphonics
+ Brush - Brush!?
+ Ariesta Birawa Group - Ariesta Birawa vol. 1
+ Zipps - Be Stoned! Dig The Zipps
+ Satya Sai Maitreya Kali - Apache/Inca
+ Charlemagne Palestine / Tony Conrad - An Aural Symbiotic Mystery
+ Toshinori Kondo - Fukyo
+ Max Richter - Songs from Before
+ Esmerine - Aurora
+ Jean-Luc Guionnet/Pascal Battus - Parmakli
+ Bill Horist - :Projects
+ Łukasz Ciszak - auxin
+ Tomasz Bednarczyk - Summer Feelings
+ volcano! - Beautiful Seizure
+ TR 21 - Deceased City
+ Transforma & O.S.T. - Synken
+ Reynold - La Cite d'en Haut
+ Radical Face - Ghost
+ Patrick Pulsinger - Dogmatic Sequences 1994 - 2006
+ Phelan Sheppard - Harps Old Master
+ Oblong - Indicator
+ Milenasong - Seven Sisters
+ Kapitan DA - Kapitan DA
+ Hug - Heroes
+ Housemeister - Roadmovie
+ A Hawk & A Hacksaw - The Way The Wind Blows
+ The Go Find - Stars On The Wall
+ Gescom - MiniDisc
+ Damero - Happy In Grey
+ Console - Pan Or Ama
+ Classic Cuts: Knight Action - Single Girl / Los Angeles T.F. - Magical Body / Mike Dunn - So Let It Be House / Dopplereffekt - Gesamkunstwerk
+ Christ. - Blue Shift Emissions
+ Blue Raincoat - Everything Is A Piece Of Something
+ Bloodysnowman - Bloodysnowman
+ American Gigolo III - Mixed & Compiled By Princess Superstar
+ 7 Up! - Singles Only 1978 - 1982

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+ loudQUIETloud - A Film about The Pixies DVD
+ BRENT FARISS / BILL THOMPSON - August - September
+ TOM RECCHION - Sweetly doing nothing
+ STEN SANDELL TRIO - Oval
+ MAGIC CARPATHIANS & LECHISTAN'S ELECTRIC CHAIR - Mirrors
+ WALTER & SABRINA - Chioma SuperNormal - The Dark Album
+ POSITIVE KNOWLEDGE - First Ones / JOEL FUTTERMAN / ALVIN FIELDER / IKE LEVIN - Live at the Blue Monk
+ ANTHONY BURR / OSCAR NORIEGA / CHRIS SPEED - The Clarinets
+ JESSE ZUBOT - Dementia
+ CHRISTIAN WEBER - 3 Suits & A Violin - Osaka Solo
+ HERIBERT FRIEDL - Back_Forward / BERNARD GUNTER / HERIBERT FRIEDL - Trans~
+ HORKESKART - Live in Solitude / CINC - Polyphonic Poetry
+ BOB MARSH / THERESA WONG / BRYAN EUBANKS - Luggage
+ JOHN BUTCHER / PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE - Concentric / RODRIGO AMADO / KENT KESSLER / PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE - Teatro
+ NORBERT MOSLANG / GUNTER MULLER - Wild_Suzuki / NORBERT MOSLANG - Burst_Log / MASAHIKO OKURA / GUNTER MULLER / AMI YOSHIDA - Tanker
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS / ANDREA CENTAZZO - Fire
+ RM74 - Fireproof in 8 Parts / RM74 / RLW - Pirouetten / HERPES Ö DELUXE - Kielholen
+ ÖLVIS - Bravado
+ TETSU INOUE - World Receiver / BEAUTUMN - Northing / RUDY ADRIAN - MoonWater / MARKUS REUTER - Trepanation
+ DRAKKAR SAUNA - Jabraham Lincoln
+ FLUORESCENT GREY - Lying on the Floor Mingling With God in a Tijuana Motel Room Next Door to a Veterinary Supply Store
+ HOLGER CZUKAY - Radio Wave Surfer - Good Morning Story
+ DO MAKE SAY THINK - You, You're a History in Rust
+ CLAUDIO PARODI - Horizontal Mover (homage to Alvin Lucier)
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Women of the World: Acoustic - A New Groove - One World, Many Cultures
+ BAD BRAINS - Live at CBGB 1982 - CD/DVD
+ JOHANNES BAUER / THOMAS LEHN / JON ROSE - Futch / STEVE LACY - Live at Jazzwerstatt Peitz
+ VOLCANO THE BEAR - Egg and Two Books
+ IRENE SCHWEIZER / FRED ANDERSON / HAMID DRAKE - Willisau & Taktlos
+ KOTRA AND ZAVOLOKA - Wag the Swing
+ CLINIC - Visitations
+ KUSH ARORA - Underwater Jihad
+ A WITNESS - I am John's Pancreas / PURE SOUND - Yukon
+ MONTA - The Brilliant Masses
+ SHELLEY BURGON / TREVOR DUNN - Baltimore
+ SATANICPORNOCULTSHOP - ..Aiff Skull EP
+ FRANCOIS HOULE - Aerials
>> KAZUMASA HASHIMOTO - Gllia / YASUSHI YOSHIDA - Secret Figure / MIDORI HIRANO - LushRush

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Laibach - relacja z koncertu w Palladium, Warszawa 10.12.2006
+ Singing is communication - wywiad z Marit Posch alias Damero
+ Something unique - wywiad z Mikael'em Stavostrandem (Bulgur Brothers)