What does it sound like?:
Taka is best known as the guitarist and chief composer for the Japanese post-rock titans Mono. This is his debut solo album, based on scraps of songs recorded back in 2003 but only seeing the light of day now. The timing is interesting, because this sounds more like the orchestral records Mono are making now than it does the stuff they were doing when these songs were recorded. There’s a distinctly filmic feel to the music, and Taka has said it is heavily influenced by Lars Von Trier’s Breaking The Waves. A piano is the lead instrument throughout, with plenty of strings supporting, and guitar and drums relegated to the background. It’s a much more fragile thing than the bombast of the parent band, with moments of great melancholy beauty.
What does it all *mean*?
Wonderful music, bloody awful title.
Goes well with…
Pondering, drinking something hot from a large mug while watching raindrops running down the outside of the window, unexplained weeping in public.
Might suit people who like…
Mono, obviously, but also the more rock inflected end of modern composition