Nobukazu Takemura —
Sign ... CD Thrill Jockey, 2001. Used 2CD ...
Nobukazu Takemura is getting sweet again! This later work still has the Japanese producer/programmer working in his new minimalist vein – but the tracks have nice beats, and the overall sound is a lot prettier than some of his other recent records. The 4 track, nearly 60 minute CD kicks off with "Sign", a loopy track that sounds like it's sung through one of those old Speak N Spell toys! It also features a cool extended work called "Souvenir In Chicago" – which features guest playing by Bundy K Brown, John McIntire, and Doug McCombs. The track's got a wonderful mellow minimal quality – almost like the work of LaMont Young, but with more of a soul, thanks to some lovely processing by Takemura! Also included is a bonus CD-ROM with animation and artwork by cover artist Katsura Moshino. CD
Ok, we're as sick of tribute albums as the rest of you – but this is a great one! Not only is it a wonderful hommage to the great Brian Wilson – but unlike other attempts, it's done a super job of selecting individuals and groups that are sensitive enough to interpret his amazing work! The set's got a total of 27 tracks – with a wonderful focus on later material and some non-hit album favorites that we've always dug heavily. Titles include "Almost Summer" by Kim Fowley, "Anna Lee The Healer" by High Llamas, "Stevie" by St Etienne, "Heroes & Villains" by Malcolm Ross, "Caroline No" by The Aluminum Group, "Go Away Boy" by The Pearlfishers, "Lonely Sea" by Eric Matthews, "Ne Dis Pas" by Souvenir, "Wind Chims" by Katrina Mitchell & Bill Wells, "Pet Sounds" by Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra, and the fantastic "Endless Harmony" by the legendary Free Design! CD