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No. 9
Musi-No-Ne
Locust Music

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Glitch is like a child of electronica that is easily distracted. There are wonderful traits, just as with any student: an eagerness, intelligence, and originality. Through it all, the child learns in different and no-less-applicable ways, but sometimes finds it hard to concentrate. As such, when you tap into a way of learning that truly works for that student and allows them to flourish in their own way, it's incredibly rewarding for all involved.

No. 9 (a.k.a. Joe Takayuki) is a talented glitch artist who shows empathy toward the listener underneath his scattered exterior. True to his genre, there are many things going on simultaneously, with energy surely waning and flowing, but his determination not to distance his audience assures that his themes and ideas are not lost.

On the whole, Musi-No-Ne is a very natural sounding album, despite the synthetic disposition of his trade. We move from insect recordings on "Bug Beats" to cawing birds on "Eco Ego" to watery rest on "Drizzle" and "Insatiable World". As a result, the tone is quite peaceful and dulcet in places, which unfortunately works against his favor. When the humble quietude engulfs his sound, it is no different from stepping outside to eye the stars. While there may be a Game Boy zipping through the backdrop of the celestial scene, inactivity tends to relax the listener into a lullaby state, contentedly pushing the tender rattle to the back of his mind.

The best tracks, conversely, call attention to themselves. The opening "GATE" is definitely one of the finest presented: a whimsical, childlike mosaic of calliope, spinning mobiles, and uninhibited carnival noise set to a broken groove. The closer, "For Sister" ties its bookend for top honors, with a classy bell noise marking stature, and Spanish guitars competing with handclaps in joyful abandon.

"Drizzle" is aptly named, with liquid dropping in pretty patterns, and a small, lovely samba set to crashing drums. It narrowly escapes a repetitive nature, but makes up for it in glassy aesthetic. On the far end of the spectrum, however, chimes "Survive," which does just what it needs to do by snapping the audience out of a lazy stupor. The track is jarring, arresting, and almost atonal in its screeching. Like razors on a chalkboard, the effect is good insofar as it wakes you up and causes you to pay full attention.

Musi-No-Ne is an accomplishment in that it has a clear notion of self-identity. In calm or playfulness, harsh standstill or whirling dance, it feels complete and satisfying. While there is definitely cause to let it float to the background, there are also solid arguments for Joe Takayuki to further announce his presence in the scene. This record is, at heart, a nicety, and can be enjoyed in pleasant indolence.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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