Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto is a guitarist and composer from Tokyo. He’s well known as the lead guitarist for the instrumental post-rock band MONO, and lately he’s been honing his composition skills by writing a few film scores. He started working on solo stuff way back in 2003, but didn’t want to release any of it because he didn’t want that to be a distraction from MONO. Finally, after a dozen years, that solo stuff will see the light of day. His debut solo album Classical Punk and Echoes Under The Beauty will come out on April 27. Presumably, it’ll be on Temporary Residence in this country, but there’s no mention of the album on their site. Pelagic Records distributes MONO in the UK, and there’s no mention of it there, either. Also, no mention of it on the MONO official site. Finally, I found a mention of it on the Magniph Records (Japan) website, where they encourage people to pre-order the album from Amazon. I’m sure as we get closer to the release date, we’ll see pre-sales on the Temporary Residence and Pelagic websites.
What we know is that there are seven songs, and that today’s song is the album-opener. This is that song:
“Delicate Madness” by Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto
Taka says that the inspiration for the material in this album came from watching the films of Lars von Trier, and in particular the 1996 film Breaking The Waves. He wanted this music to have the same feeling that von Trier’s movies have, and somehow wanted to convey the common theme of a kind-hearted woman getting the shit kicked out of her by life. The violins, violas, and piano express the melancholy and mystery that he was aiming for. I definitely get the feel of tragedy with this.
It’s beautiful. It’s tragic. It’s haunting. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album because I really love this.
Even when the drums and guitars come sneaking in at 3:20, there’s a bit of a hollow sound to that, and there’s a lot of interesting things going on in the stereo field. It’s absolutely necessary to listen to this with headphones on. It’s magnificent. If this song is any indication of how the rest of the record is, it should be near the very top of my year-end list.