Album Review

Beatty, Robert – “Soundtracks For Takeshi Murata” – [Glistening Examples]

Thurston Hunger   10/1/2015   A Library, CD

Robert Beatty, who carries a badge with the band Hair Police, goes
on squiggle patrol for digi-media US artist Takeshi Murata
A UFO fleet of synthesizers sweep through these five instro tracks, the
lead off number sounding like a futurist alarm, but eventually erupting
into analog chaos. #2 is a robot spa and sauna, very refreshing,
human trace voice echoes through-out. We are the ghost in the machine.
#3 is maybe a galactic space-port number, much of the album has a
sci-fi vibe, despite the horror film image of Murata-wolf on the cover.
The big hitter, “Pink Dot” steps up at #4, here’s part of the
videon online. It feels to me like a Philip Glass composition,
going Koyaniscrazy, there’s a slow subtle warp to it, but when I
first listened, it left me cold (and my work-neighbors thought
something was wrong with my laptop). Then I popped it in a CD-Walkman
and kinda cruised around the office, and outside and it weirdly
heightened everything. So certain listeners may find this
exhillirating as they are stepping through life. Lastly #5 is
descending electrochime noises why something burtles beneath.
Keys in the life of songs. -Thurston Hunger

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