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Ryoko ONO

Happily I could grab Ryoko ONO's solo album "Electronic Elements - second edition" finally ... released in Feb. 2014 via Janus Sounds but sadly could not get this first edition. Contacted Ryoko and she has sent me the second edition created by herself ... yappie! Big smile


Let me say my impression at first; a fantastic jazzy-improvised-electronic creation seasoned with musical / atmospheric tranquilizing agents.

Ryoko ONO's solo album "Electronic Elements", featuring her electronic experiments produced with Music Instrument Digital Interface, released worldwide in 2014 via Janus Sounds. Such an album title like "Electronic" or "Elements" had let me curious indeed, and according to my expectation, her avantgarde electronic launcher could make me crazy. I’ve got, in her kindness, the second edition of this album, with a new track "Slut Or Slattem" and a longer "Sunset" added. Not pure nor fresh but sticky, slimy electronic vatting, that is felt simply awesome.

Electronic Elements (Second Edition) (2014) on her own

Here and there we would got flooded with unstable percussive digital bullets and mellotronic sound waves kicking us into an "uneasy trance" upon the second track "Tetragon". On the other hand, in "Slut Or Slattem" we can touch life and death mixed with pain, madness, depression, and at last quietness through her programmed synthesizer gales. What swims beneath "Depths Of The Sea" characterized with dry, swift, and inorganic digital percussion attacks? Difficult to make a definition but that reminds us of something obscure moving quickly along with randomized patterns, at least Ryoko's inner depths of the sea.

Upon "Sunset" are tribal texture, beautiful scape, and remarkable anxiety in the dark ... all of which be expressed with unsteady, rough, tough electronic percussion like a merry-go-round in an old amusement park. The last "Extra" is the compilation of her electronic elements blended with nobility, gorgeousness, scatter, manie, calmness, kaleidoscope, safe and sound. We can make sure that Ryoko should create such a electronic gem quite intensively through this epilogue.


At the same time I feel her saxophone play should be important also in this creation. "Ubiquitous" is a good example, where her enthusiastic saxophone play could drown electronic percussion perfectly out. By the way in the first one "Polygon" her play and the digital percussion killer can get superbly harmonized, crystallized. Another atmospheric departure between a surrealistic quiet electronic and a repetitive saxophone phrase can be experienced in "Ensemble". "Dual" is one of my favourite tracks in this album. Very enjoyable to imagine that Ryoko might play plenty of improvised saxophone phrases to beat electronic percussion completely. Her saxophone play is beautiful, flavourful as well, even if avantgarde or experimental. Wondering how she would record "Sunrise" based upon her crazy saxophone launcher merged perfectly with digital percussion. Very mysterious, and amazing really.

In conclusion, the woodwinds and their luxurious sounds cannot be avoided for Ryoko and us (her freaks) indeed but I'm sure she's left such an excellent solo creation for us. Enjoy such a kaleidoscopic agent.


And more happily she's sent me this thank-you-mail ... what a lucky man I am! Shocked



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Hi, every jazz rock / Japanese progressive rock freak! Big smile

One of Japanese jazz rock prides NEXT ORDER's 7th live album "Chronosystem", compiled with material via a 6-day gig at Kobe Big Apple in 2013, will be out upon November 22, 2014! Clap


Chronosystem (2014) - NEXT ORDER

The album has got available only on their Japan tour from October, 2014. Star
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This "Chronosystem" is released as Next Order’s 7th "live" album (as everyone knows, they’ve recorded and released only live albums because the atmosphere between the audience and the players on stage is pretty important for them) via their stages "for six successive days" at Kobe Big Apple. Sounds like their stages would be quite enthusiastic for the audience, even with their mental / physical tiredness beyond expression. And we fans have got very proud of their "enthusiasm" coming out soon. I’ve checked a "rough mix" through the courtesy of the frontman Yuji (guitars) and felt their gemmy, prospective texture enough. ... And the time has come. Finally the official "glass-pressed CD album" has been released.

Anyway, on the current progressive rock scene where lots of artists tend to play "self-assertive / self-satisfactory" music that cannot be thought as enjoyable ones for the audience, Next Order is one of artists who can let us enjoy their music gems, let me say. Very surprising their "rhythmic axis" never get blurred ... due to their splendid rhythm section - Hiroshi (drums, percussion) and Atsutomo (bass) - I imagine. The first track "Geppetto", a mixture of loudness and calmness along with their rockin’ soul, is suitable for the opening number in this album. The soul of jazzy quietness amongst some explosive heavy parts reminds us of cool cool water. On the contrary, the next ones "Desert Yellow" and "Silver Tortoise" show something like experimental simulated experiences to us. Via their orthodox formation, how can they launch such a paradoxical sound like them? Interesting indeed.

Oh one of their live masterpieces "Killer Hornet", that I’ve reviewed as a deathcore like Napalm Death or Kyuss previously, is very cool as well. Much shorter than another (only 4-minute) but I guess this song would have very intensive power for their stage always. "SIMM55" looks like another standard of theirs (already released in their 4th album), where two brilliant guitarists Yuji and Takumi exert magnificent battles on each other, with smooth but impressive guitar trails. "Dragon" ... like a dancing King. What I want to say is that this complex but funky, pleasant track reminds me of a cute Dragon - a cure bassist (sorry) dancing to the music. The atmosphere of this song is not typical for the title Dragon but lol. The last "Beside" can be heard as a dramatic suite along with their 10-year lively existence. Ups and downs, rises and falls there were, but they’ve always played good music with their strong intention for the audience. Good call.

Would like to say it’s quite difficult for us to continue producing sounds as we like. Suggest we would get immersed in their professional (but heartwarming) plays although everyone says they are professional. Ahem, forgive my personal humble opinion.

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Now I have Stromatolite by Outer Limits. I have only listened to it twice through but it sounds really good. I will review it a little later after I have digested the music more. Thanks for this post. It led me to discover the music of another great band!
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Originally posted by DamoXt7942 DamoXt7942 wrote:

Announcement; Thanks all, I've stepped down from a PA Admin to a Senior Member.


I just now saw this. I hope this is not a goodbye forever , please stick around for the trips!
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Me too. What does it mean ? I'm not sure to understand. 
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Originally posted by FragileKings FragileKings wrote:

Now I have Stromatolite by Outer Limits. I have only listened to it twice through but it sounds really good. I will review it a little later after I have digested the music more. Thanks for this post. It led me to discover the music of another great band!
Hey Pete, I guess you're in Tokyo now ... lots of CD stores flooded with progressive rock items are in your city, I'm very excited when I go on a trip for Tokyo! Smile
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Yeah thanks Alex and Pierre, now I'm too pressed with my real work to work enough for PA as an Admin ... now taking days-off (maybe) for a while. Beer
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Damo, ohayou! Actually I'm out in Saitama but further northwest. I do all my shopping on Amazon or occasionally on HMV. It's easiest to find what I'm looking for and at the best price. Hey, I'm listening to Outer Limits right now!
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Originally posted by DamoXt7942 DamoXt7942 wrote:

Yeah thanks Alex and Pierre, now I'm too pressed with my real work to work enough for PA as an Admin ... now taking days-off (maybe) for a while. Beer


You certainly are deserving of a break from the occasional insanity here. Relax with some jams and choice drink when you get the opportunity
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Hi, PA mates!

Forgive my loooong hibernation but I'm alive (and a tad pressed with my real work ... today I've attended lectures for industrial physicians in Tokyo and now staying at a hotel, with a glass of beer!) and come back!


A phantastyk present's come to me!

A week before I've enjoyed a regular concert by a local symphonic orchestra and found a fantastic flutist (and actually my FB mate) Noriko MIYAO. She's recommended her "Irish trad folk" project named Leap Rick for me ... finally I've grabbed their debut album, and completed my review yeah!


LEAP RICK ... (from left to right) Noriko MIYAO (Irish flute), Yumi KIRIYAMA (fiddle), and Natsue MORIMOTO (percussion)

Sorry for my mediocre expression but faithfully pastoral atmosphere they launch.


Croí An Cheoil (2014) - LEAP RICK

The project LEAP RICK was formed as a Japanese "Irish trad folk" trio in 2012. With a strong intention to come up with "faithful Irish flavour and texture", they've launched the debut album "Croí An Cheoil" in late 2014 through lots of gigs around Okayama, Japan.



Not familiar with Irish trad folk but happily Leapers would have let me grasp the point of soundscape, I suggest. It's kinda tough call for artists to show ethnicity (whether they live there or not). Guess they've visited Ireland and felt the air, temperature, flavour, or human nature, and now shoot them precisely via their terrific musical technique. And playing with much pleasure is important too. Can feel their smile and hearty warmness via this creation, let me say. Yumi's fiddle sounds of delicate sensitivities but simultaneously of swift, sharp-edged activities. Natsue's tribal percussion lets us feel strongly heartbeats through her rhythmic, fantastic knocking-the-heaven-door. And wow what a flexible Fantasia the timbre of an Irish flute is. Would you feel not only playing technique but also unification with her instrument as one of her music friends, around Noriko? And the three Japanese-Irish giants sometimes chase each other complexly, sometimes get merged with, and finally create a big fairytale.



All trad songs are filled with simple phrases, each of which be drenched in mysterious North Euro coolness and brief tribal madness, both of that loop the loop and kick us into trance. Yup just as if we would fly promptly for Ireland and enjoy the cool and green air, exactly because of this madness ... that cannot be realized in their composition ("Eternal" and "Cyclists Of Inishmore"). On the other hand, these two stuffs have another appearance. They've squeezed their straight longing for Ireland, Irish trad, and the heartwarming atmosphere, maybe without themselves. No suspicion they play their original Irish folk, though. In other words, pure pleasure, pure happiness get crystallized in these two. Can enjoy with relaxation, can't we?

Very glad this album can make you want to take a trip to Ireland, and let me say thanks to Noriko for suggesting such a phantastyk creation. Yay!


Thank to Leapers for your superb creation!


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