Saito Koji
Beautiful


5.0
classic

Review

by Meatplow USER (111 Reviews)
November 13th, 2009 | 26 replies | 5,626 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

There isn't an awful lot of information about Saito Koji to be shared, the Japanese born ambient artist has been releasing albums through labels such as Magic Book Records and Kesh Recordings for quite some time now and has made a name for himself for pumping out quality releases for the genre.

Beautiful was hatched in early 2009, and is perhaps one of the most overlooked releases of the year. There are perhaps a couple of reasons for this, one would be that ambient is a notoriously difficult genre to break into popular consciousness with (unless a website like Pitchfork discovers it and gives it a high rating of course), and the other would be that it is a 43:24 second long track that is the same endless one minute or so loop over and over.

Now, most could chalk this down to sheer laziness. Here it is not so. Saito Koji's Beautiful sits at a perfectly comfortably length, because once you immerse yourself in it you don't really want to leave, not for a while anyway. This precious loop is more suited for background music but still interesting enough to capture attention whilst listening attentively, and it really is not a good idea to rush it. It's dreamy, ethereal synth pattern and the simple hammering of keys is atmospheric simplicity at its finest.

Beautiful brings one thought to mind: if only Saito Koji was around to score Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey back in the day. The sense of awe of watching that film for the first time reminds me very strongly of what feelings Beautiful provokes in me. It is indeed, beautiful.



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Meatplow
November 13th 2009



5524 Comments


get this you monkeys

Piglet
November 13th 2009



4652 Comments


so what this is like Kashiwa Daisuke?

Meatplow
November 13th 2009



5524 Comments


it's possible. I won't claim to be any expert on ambient but this is very nice

Piglet
November 13th 2009



4652 Comments


do you rate albums like this very highly so you can convince other people to check 'em out?

Meatplow
November 13th 2009



5524 Comments


unashamedly

Piglet
November 13th 2009



4652 Comments


i'll bear that in mind the next time i see one of your 5 or 1 star reviews

Meatplow
November 13th 2009



5524 Comments


What does that even mean?

RedSky
November 13th 2009



281 Comments


Myspace exerts sound interesting, will check out.

EasternLight
November 13th 2009



2700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

took awhile, but getting. 43 min track? hell yeah

Willie
Moderator
November 13th 2009



15877 Comments


get this you monkeys
I think I'd rather be stabbed in the dick.

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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2009



8318 Comments


lolololol

I'm gonna pass too Plow, but nice review

Meatplow
November 13th 2009



5524 Comments


aww man why y'all gotta be trippin'

I think I'd rather be stabbed in the dick.


so would I, but I try to keep my mind off sexual misadventures when muzak is involved.

BallsToTheWall
November 13th 2009



44164 Comments


Does the word machine mean anything to you?

Meatplow
November 13th 2009



5524 Comments


cold, hard steel

thebhoy
Emeritus
November 13th 2009



4459 Comments


if only Saito Koji was around to score Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey back in the day


If he was around for this Kubrick would've just been like, "fuck you I'm using my own score." Like he did with the original composer for the film.

Meatplow
November 14th 2009



5524 Comments


hey you know what speculation is pure speculation

kubrick made the wrong choice he should have waited a few years

Tokyochuchu
November 26th 2009



62 Comments


wtf?

A one minute sequence looped 43 times.

Hmmm... I'm gonna say "pass" on that one.

qwe3
November 26th 2009



21353 Comments


nah man u jst dun know

Meatplow
November 26th 2009



5524 Comments


I insist that it is a lot better then it sounds.

Remember, this is ambient music. It should ideally exist in the background as something non-intrusive, this is the perfect sort of music for studying or concentrating on something else I find. The repetition goes completely unnoticed most of the time, it's a really immersive, gorgeous loop of sound trust me.

I'm glad at least one other person checked this out and gave it a 4.5 rating ;]

Bitchfork
September 14th 2010



7584 Comments


Didn't know you reviewed this.



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