Yamada, Taiho - Stages


Year of Release: 1996
Label: Think Tank Media
Catalog Number: TTMD-1015
Format: CD
Total Time: 00:00:00

Rocket Scientists keyboardist, and Lana Lane's husband, Erik Norlander is also active as "executive producer." Especially on Stages by the [US born] Japanese artist Taiho Yamada this is Erik's main task. Originally written as music for theatre, it's a kind of music that is very transparent for this medium. If you close your eyes, you can sort of see what it's all about by means of unlimited images adding to the original music. Obviously a lot of Eastern influences are added in favour of the extra, maybe chauvinistic, flavour. Opening track "The Blind Goddess" is sort of a mixture between Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra, which is probably due to the fact that a lot of beats are added to the overwhelming amount of synths. From the atmospheric "Venus & Adonis" onwards the music steers towards more of an experimental, avant-garde kind of art; the kind of music that has been delivered by the great Japanese Marquee label for some time now. In "Iphigenia At Aulis" the use of tabla is nicely integrated into the sound of howling wind imitated by the synths. Lovers of majestic soundtracks on the crossing of new age and ambient will certainly enjoy this album.


Tracklisting:
The Blind Goddess / Venus & Adonis / The Man Who Turned Into A Stick / Iphigenia At Aulis / Jury Hung / Matsukaze / Temptation / Barnyard / The Maids / Exit The Dragon / Slices / The Art Of Waiting

Musicians:
Taiho Yamada - everything

Discography:
Stages (1996)

Genre: Electronic

Origin US

Added: March 1st 2000
Reviewer: John "Bobo" Bollenberg

Hits: 820
Language: english

  

[ Back to Reviews Index | Post Comment ]