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Futari

Underground

Review by Gary Hill

You don't get much more artistic than the music produced by Futari. The project is a duo of Taiko Saito (marimba, vibraphone) and Satoko Fujii (piano and voice on the last song). As strange as this is, it is just about equally effective and compelling. This is the kind of weirdness that pulls you in and surrounds you, in a good way.  Don't try to understand it. Just let it weave its spell on you.

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Track by Track Review
Underground
Delicate, yet still rather robust, sounds bring this into being. It works outward from there in a rather psychedelic and freeform approach. It turns toward spacier sounds as it continues.
Break in the Clouds
This track is very spacey and trippy. It wouldn't be a stretch to imagine this as part of the soundtrack to a science fiction or horror film.
Meeresspiegel
More intense, this has some particularly ominous moments. Classical music and freeform artistic zones merge here. This would definitely work in a horror movie soundtrack.
Air
There is a rather airy feeling to this piece. It has some drifting sorts of aesthetics. At over seven-minutes of music, this is the second longest track here, and that space is put to good use. This is quite an intriguing piece.
Frost Stirring
There is a sense of drama and danger brought by the interplay of piano and vibes here. It's a cool piece.
Memory Illusion
More atmospheric and trippy, the weirdness of this piece is one of its charms.
Finite Or Infinite
Somehow this has a more mainstream feeling to it. There is a sense of movement and energy to the piece. It gets pretty intense before it's over, and at over eight-minutes of music, it's the epic of the disc.
Asayake
This is another piece that gets quite intense at times. There is a real tension built into it.
Street Ramp
This is trippy and spacey, but also dramatic and intriguing.
One Note Techno Punks
This piece has some layers of voices, more as percussive elements. The track is the strangest thing here. This reminds me a little of Pink Floyd's “Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict," but this might be weirder. I'm not sure this works all the well for me, but I applaud the artistic vision of it.
 
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