First posted on echoesanddust.com.
Japanese guitarist and composer Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto of the post-rock group Mono offers up his debut solo album endeavor, titled ‘Classical Punk And Echoes Under The Beauty’. The new album sees Goto indulging an interesting and rather different style of instrumental music than what we’re already familiar with through his work with Mono. ‘Classical Punk And Echoes Under The Beauty’ offers an interesting album experience, where orchestral elements see themselves being combined with traditional instrumental rock formats to create a vibrant and immersive album experience. Goto presents a strong and impressive album experience, one that sees the musician exploring different areas that showcase a great amount of creative talent.
Goto presents a very confident and assured album experience on his first solo album, one that sees the musician and composer tapping into different areas of music, combining his already existing talent and ideas with new techniques to create something different and exciting. A dark energy runs throughout most of the album, creating a sense of uncertainty and mystery that envelopes the listener through shrouds of instrumental music. There’s almost an experimental edge to much of what Goto pushes out on his solo album, with it being a much different album experience to what one might expect from the artist, though also one that offers a great and clearly creative album experience.
There’s many enjoyable elements to ‘Classical Punk And Echoes Under The Beauty’, which sees Mono’s Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto delving into other areas of instrumental music, and pushing out a very cohesive and strong album experience. At times, it perhaps feels as though many of the tracks present on the album all follow similar song structures and similar musical techniques, adding an almost repetitive quality to a few of the songs, bringing down the overall impact of the album to some extent. There’s many enjoyable elements present on the album itself, though it seems Goto perhaps fails to draw out enough in every single track on the album.
Though not every track on the album will amaze listeners, there’s a wonderful coherency and concept being presented by Goto, all of which corresponds into an incredibly interesting and strong album experience. ‘Classical Punk And Echoes Under The Beauty’ is in some ways a quintessential instrumental rock album experience, though it’s in Goto’s ability to draw out creative ideas and concepts, and present them in a wonderful and strong way that makes the album one worth listening to. Fans of Mono might perhaps find elements of Goto’s solo album a little difficult to deal with at times, though it features much of the same creative passion that makes all their material so great.
- ★★★★☆ 4/5
- Delicate Madness
- Till The Night Comes
- Emptiness Corridor
Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto’s solo album ‘Classical Punk And Echoes Under The Beauty’ is out now.