Boomkat Product Review:
Whisper-quiet new age/ambient vignettes from Japanese multi-instrumentalist Masahiro Takahashi. Swaying, elegant and almost unfathomably beautiful - one for fans of Hiroshi Yoshimura's "Green".
After a cold winter in his adopted home of Toronto, Takahashi decided to assemble a meditation on both seasons and distance, taking into account the era's forced isolation. Using a selection of softsynths, samplers, controllers and a shruti box, he put together a series of vignettes that accurately capture the particular nostalgia of immigrants. This is Japanese music, but is also music for and about a Japan that only exists in Takahashi's memory as he is surrounded by vastly different people and places.
"Flowering Tree, Distant Moon" is a subtle, unashamedly pretty record, but there's no escaping its distinct sadness. It conjures landscapes, but they feel like landscapes once experienced that no longer exist. Surreal and sometimes psychedelic, it's a vividly painted picture thats colors shift fluidly from track to track.