Saito Koji – Beautiful Saito Koji – Beautiful


Saito Koji Beautiful

Marking the 4th release from France’s SEM label comes the latest opus from Japan’s Saito Koji.
Koji managed to step up to the mark and present an Ambient piece worthy of William Basinski comparisons. Here, with “Beautiful” (and not unlike his other works), he offers over a single track clocking in at just over 43 minutes, much akin to the similarly epic Basinski series “the Disintegration Loops”. And while at first the idea of lasting three quarters of an hour might seem daunting, it’s really a very pleasurable experience. Focusing on the development of a single theme rather than amalgamating various ideas, Koji concentrates on looping and then looping again, building upon one sound with another, adding only a little but ultimately producing a lot. The end result is a very euphoric sound with little resemblance to the original instrumentation. Picking out only slight touches of what may have once been a piano, and then noticing again a far off and very distant relative to the sound a guitar once might have made, you definitely sense the organic ancestry of the music even though it has been deconstructed to the point of vague relation. But not once do you get the impression any of the piece sounds muddy or, indeed, disconnected.

There’s a flow to “Beautiful” that’s really complimented by a quiet space and a darkened room. Ebbing continuous loops of swashes and swirls in sound, tempting the listener further and further into a hypnotic state, Saito Koji managed to create a perfect reconstruction of the sound of being completely submerged in a sea of comfortably warm aural pleasure. This really begs out for headphones and closed eyes.

Saito Koji - Beautiful, reviewed by Heard on 2009-05-08T00:17:50-07:00 rating 3.6 out of 5

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