Thursday, May 22, 2008

Shogun Kunitoki - Tasankokaiku (2006)

Shogun Kunitoki is a name that is borrowed from villain of the 1987 game The Last Ninja for the Commodore 64. These Helsinki gentlemen have been messing around with computer sounds since the latter part of the 90s but only in this decade have the released anything substantial, which occurred with their transformation into a slightly more traditional, multi-instrumental make-up. The movement back towards more tangible instruments is something they've taken pride in, with their own wobsite proclaiming "a mission to help electronic music regress back to a more human state." Sometimes described as minimalist, Tasankokaiku lacks nothing in instrumentation in my opinion. There's no singing whatsoever, and I hardly feel it could add to it if there was. "Montezuma" is a galvanizing track that one feels completely comfortable with right off the bat. The entire album keeps a steady flow yet can move from more eerie songs like "Tulevaisuus-Menneisyys=1" to more joyfully composed ones such as "1918-1926." Thus I say next time you want some interesting electronic music, look no further until you've tried Tasankokaiku.

To be had here (192 VBR kbps):
Shogun Kunitoki - Tasankokaiku

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