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Boomkat Product Review:
Premiere edition of Kenji Kawai’s absorbing OST for the classic ’93 anime, a forerunner to his seminal ‘Ghost In The Shell’ soundtrack and a big one to tick off the all-time wants list.
Deployed by Geneva’s relentless WRWTFWW, ’Patlabor 2’ finds its place on vinyl in a market fully primed for Japanese re/issues over the past few years. It’s a prime example of Kenji Kawai’s definitive knack for anime soundtracks, supplying slick cybernoir synth arrangements for one of the genre’s most beloved flicks. Directed by Mamoru Oshii, it continues the first film’s political sci-fi story of tensions between the state and its artificial workforce, resonating themes from Bladerunner as much as Japan’s own postwar history and international geopolitics at the time.
If you’re not familiar, but were previously snagged by the bootleg pressings of Kenji Kawai’s ‘Ghost In The Shell’, or have a kink for ‘90s sci-fi synth moods, we assure you it’s crucial listening. Between the sublime pads of ’Outset’ thru the grand choral and string staging of ‘Hallucination’, you’ll find the film’s plush ‘Theme of Patlabor2’, plus killer cues foreshadowing the likes of the Goldeneye N64 soundtrack, more super plush synth passages in ‘Unnatural City I’, and the 10 mins of meldodrama in ‘Outbreak’, with a properly furtive sort of backalley skulker in ‘IXTL’.