Hisato Higuchi
Dialogue


5.0
classic

Review

by Alex C. Soothsayer USER (33 Reviews)
September 6th, 2009 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Simplistic beauty.

Music transcends boundaries. It does not matter where you are from, how old you are, or what you have experienced in your life; music has the ability to speak to each and every person listening. Every so often a piece of music comes along that reaches straight for the heart of the listener, touching their inner soul. Tokyo based puppeteer-turned-musician Hisato Higuchi has crafted such a work. Simply entitled Dialogue, over 35 minutes of self recorded music Higuchi pulls at your heartstrings with just a guitar and an amp. Just like a puppeteer uses characters to tell a story, Higuchi uses his guitar as his puppet, and the notes to tell his story.

Dialogue is about as simple as it gets. At the surface, the music seems like a man just noodling on his guitar-- but each and every note is carefully placed to gain a desired effect. That effect is simplistic beauty. Just like a classical composer, Hisato has one goal: to allow you to connect with the music and feel it. While many bands try to connect with the listener using either flashy technique or genre busting musical brilliance, Higuchi creates music at the ground level. "Experimental Guitar" would be the most common tag for Higuchi's music, but it is much more than that. The 13 tracks on the disc could have easily been one long song, but for the ease of the listener they have been broken up. By doing nothing more than lightly strumming out chords and sustaining single notes, Higuchi creates magical compositions. In 5 of the tracks ('Himitsu', 'Manazashi No Saki E', 'Hajimari No Bamen', 'Kizuto', 'Breath #2'), wordless vocals are added. Going from a whispered sigh to a soft moan, Higuchi uses his voice in the simpliest way possible, leaving no lyrics to interpret, no epic conceptual story to tell, no made up or foreign language to listen to; just calming breaths to set you at ease.

Higuchi's playing can be shortly described as blues. The scales are there, but they are broken and watered down to the bare minimum to a point where technical interpratation would be over analyzing. On short numbered pieces aptly named 'Guitar', Higuchi shows his playing ability in a more forward direction. While you may think a song titled 'Guitar #3' will be filled with pretentious guitar soloing, it is quite the opposite on Dialogue. There are 4 of these 'Guitar' pieces, giving the listener a small dose of excitement in the midst of a very slow and ambient work. While there is no fast finger tapping or self-indulgent showoffery, Higuchi simplifies his approach yet again. 'Guitar #3' being the most exciting, Higuchi stomps on his fuzz pedal and turns up the volume (albeit from 0 to 1), and wails out blues chords over ambient guitar similar to the other tracks on the record. These tracks fit perfectly in the whole of the album, and adds to the full listening experience.

It is said that Higuchi would come home from a long days work and write his music-- which makes perfect sense. Coming home from a long day at work, Dialogue will be the record to put you in a trance like state of calmness. Not just limited to that, however, the album can be a go-to for whenever you need to relax or clear your head: after an argument, during homework, after the gym, before bed... the possibilities are endless. This is what makes Dialogue a modern classic, it's ability to be played repeatedly and still hold it's magic in any situation. The soft sighs that start 'Himitsu' immediately calm your head, letting the mind drift away, forgetting any stress prior to listening. By the time the short 35 minutes have passed, Dialogue's work will be done, and life will carry on.

Hisato Higuchi has created a piece of music that tears down the musical wall dividing listeners of this genre or that genre, and speaks to everyone of them. It is impossible to deny the beauty of Dialogue. Closing your eyes and letting your mind wander while Higuchi plays will be a rewarding musical experience like no other. Every track is flawless, each of them adding to the overall mood of the album. The 'Guitar' tracks do a wonderful job keeping things interesting, while stunningly beautiful tracks like 'Manazashi No Saki E' and 'Mitsumeau Sekai Ni ' set the perfect mood. Dialogue is an album for anyone who is willing to devout the time to sit back and listen, and allow it to take them to another world. It will be well worth the time spent.



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Prophet178
September 6th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

So yeah, the most beautiful album I have ever heard. Blows away ( ) and any other post rock in terms of sheer beauty.

Oh and, witting a 5 review is tough, trying to defend the rating and all....I think it turned out well though.

charlesfishowitz
September 6th 2009


1794 Comments


did this guy kill himslef

Prophet178
September 6th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I don't think so.... finding information on him is very difficult. That would be very sad if he did though.

charlesfishowitz
September 6th 2009


1794 Comments


DO NOT WANT

zuzek
September 6th 2009


752 Comments


Wow, intriguing review. These reviews are so hard to write and seeing how well it came out I suggest you give yourself a beer for the hard work. I'd like to check this out but I doubt I could find it anywhere in China.

Prophet178
September 6th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thanks man! Yeah its tough to find, this guy isn't very well known. If anyone wants to give it a try you can hit me up on AIM at Otacon1520 or shoot me an email at storage178@gmail.com for a link.

You can probably find a distributor here as well: http://www.family-vineyard.com/order.php

MentalityOfA
September 6th 2009


1213 Comments


Sounds like a really good album, who are some similar artists?

rasputin
September 6th 2009


14555 Comments


kurt cobain

Spare
September 6th 2009


5448 Comments


HA!

Digging: Forth Wanderers - Tough Love

rasputin
September 6th 2009


14555 Comments


owait he didnt kill himself


DO NOT WANT

Xenophanes
Emeritus
September 6th 2009


10662 Comments


WANT!

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III - Saturnian Poetry

Scatterbrain
September 6th 2009


62 Comments


although the first paragraph sounds vaguely cheesy, this is pretty well written given the sort of thing it is. nice work.

iranscam
September 6th 2009


469 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this ish is seriously good, thanks for the review

Prophet178
September 6th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

although the first paragraph sounds vaguely cheesy, this is pretty well written given the sort
of thing it is. nice work.


Haha yeah. I only had 2 ideas for an intro, and I couldn't get the other one to sound right, so I
took the 'generic' way, hopefully its not too cheesy.

this ish is seriously good, thanks for the review


Sick! I'm glad you like it.

YouAreMySilence
September 7th 2009


3727 Comments


Where can I hear stuff from this?
I have their myspace up but no songs from this.

kitsch
September 7th 2009


5107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good to see this getting some attention

Prophet178
September 7th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Hmmm I'm not sure. Like I said, its really tough finding any information on this guy. I think its actually on iTunes, there might be samples on there, but his Myspace and last.fm are pretty barren....

The album is really better as a whole though, you might turn yourself off from it if you just hear one song.

YouAreMySilence
September 7th 2009


3727 Comments


Hmm well we seem to have similiar music tastes, and with the recs I probably will get it when I go online shopping.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
September 7th 2009


10662 Comments


my god youre right. Its like this guy doesn't exist. There isnt even a wiki page

iranscam
September 7th 2009


469 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

he's featured on a 7" split with a'capella tracks from people including richard youngs and grouper, so... dude exists

and yeah there's a song from this on his myspace



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