It's been pretty hard to keep up with Nobukazu Takemura lately – Assembler is the second of 3 albums he's geared to release in as many months – but there are rewards aplenty for the dedicated souls that attempt to stick with him! Assember/Assembler 2 is probably the most abstract and lonely of his recent efforts. The 7 tracks (running over an hour all together) find the Osaka experimentalist deeply enmeshed in his avant electronics mode – static-drenched sound washes, atonal atmosphere, and sound bursts ranging from drawn out mood pieces to unexpected blow-outs are the order of the day. It's all served-up by Takemura himself, without the off kilter vocals of Aki Tsuyuko that made other recent efforts a bit dreamier. This one's more geared towards the abstract experimental crowd than the playful groove scene that Nobukazu guides through equally well. Tracks include "Conical Flask", "USINE", "Ligne A Haute Tension", Kino-ear", "Molla", and Sous Terret". CD
The first American full-length release by this genius Japanese composer! The album's not as harsh as some of Takemura's recent releases in shorter formats, with a minimal blend of sound samples, electronics, and pretty little noises that show him moving farther and farther away from his early days with Spiritual Vibes. The work is experimental, but not intimidating – and Takemura's increasingly sensitive musical vision creates a new world of sonic exploration that's two shades pleasanter than the work of groups like Oval, but no less striking. Titles include "A Theme For Little Animals", "Trampoline", "The Voice of A Fish", "Anemometer", "Honey Comb", and "A Chrysalis". CD
Nobukazu Takemura —
Scope ... CD ThrillJockey, Mid/Late 90s. Used ...
Incredible work from this amazing Japanese composer! This album – his first full-length in the US – features an insane blend of electronics that encompasses a history of references, from 50s France to 90s Switzerland, all filtered through Takemura's unique ability to swim amidst a sea of different sounds, and always come up with something unique. Titles include "Taw", "Icefall", "Tiddler", and "On A Ballon". CD
Nobukazu Takemura —
Sign ... CD ThrillJockey, 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
Their 3rd LP, and the one that broke them out of the box. Went gold on its first week of release in the UK or something like that. Includes "Djed", "Taut & Tame", and "Glass Museum". The same spacey drum/bass/vibes/etc grooves as the first, but with a force so strong it spawned a whole generation of rock journalists. CD