Nut Suite. Mini reviews of albums old and new. Minimum words. No fuss. No spoilers [?]. Occasional smugs.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

KENJI KAWAI / Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Kenji's use of modern synthesised technology spliced with traditional Japanese instrumentation captures the very essence of the Ghost in the Shell film. The opening track uses a female choir to set the tone, but what follows is primarily minimalist, reliant on sparse percussion, chimes and bells, and an oddly eerie atmosphere. The feeling of floating in a sea is an apt analogy to describe the ominous embrace and peaceful enveloping serenity that unfolds. It's both emotionally sombre and spiritually beautiful, which seems like an impossible contradiction to me... I adore beautiful contradictions.

Songs of Note: Making of Cyborg; Nightstalker

5 night birds singing as the dawn approaches out of 5

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