Kashiwa Daisuke
April. #02


3.5
great

Review

by Eli EMERITUS
October 19th, 2010 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While as a whole, "April. #02" is a fine achievement, the inconsistency and disorganization are truly damaging to the overall experience.

With Kashiwa Daisuke, it seems like creativity comes naturally. While combining post-rock and electronica is nothing revolutionary, the way he composes is nothing short of extraordinary. Well, that was the case for his crowning achievement, "Program Music I." It was a brilliant, and fantastic exploration of neo-classical and electronica. In reality, Daisuke is incredibly inconsistent. The follow up to his 2007 effort, "5 Dec." saw the artist in complete disarray. It was a mess of bleeps and bloops, stewing in a vat of static and disorganized noise. Needless to say, the change in direction left much to be desired. It lacked the beautiful harmonies and well thought out passages found in "Program Music I," and instead filled the holes with an oppressive electronic aesthetic.

Yet it is interesting to see his humble beginnings. His solo project arose after the disbanding of post-rock outfit, Yokada. Therefore one would assume the early sound of Kashiwa Daisuke to take a more post-rock direction. However, his first effort "April. #02," sounds more like an amalgamation of the two albums mentioned earlier. It walks a middle ground between "Program Music I" and "5 Dec." The electronica influence is more prevalent than in "Program Music I," yet it features much of what made said album great. While the sweeping melodies and string work are included, the bleeps and bloops play a very large role. This is both a nice detail, and an unfortunate annoyance.

With artists in the vein of Daisuke, it's often difficult to find a nice balance between the two styles. It's either too much or too little of either aesthetic. "April.#02" often finds a nice balance between the two, and for the most part the electronic and post-rock blends wonderfully. However, as a whole, the album is incredibly inconsistent. Stylistically, it's a mish-mash of sounds and noises, that only seem to come together by chance. And that's the biggest failing of the album. Sections of the album appear to happen by accident. Beautiful harmonies and passages are halted by static and twitchy noises, and it's sort of a toss up as to whether or not it will recover. That is not to say that electronica ruins the album, but it's poor handling certainly hurts it in the long run.

While these criticisms seem like a deal breaker, for the most part, "April.#02" is a wholly worthwhile listen. The energetic creativity is clearly in check with songs like the title track. The title track is about 25 minutes in length, and feels like predecessor to "Program Music I." It encompasses many styles, and is exceptionally varied throughout, keeping the track fresh and interesting. Yet even within this great track lies a very unsure artist, unable to organize his music into such an ambitious track. At times, it doesn't flow quite right, and stylistically it's very uneven. Yet the good outweighs the bad, making it quite a standout on the album.

While the album finishes out strong, the middle seems to take a nosedive. The two subsequent songs after "April. #02" drag, and the misused electronics are more prevalent than ever. While novel in most respects, "Airdrop" and "Deepblue" don't do much to turn heads. However, the album's two final songs, "Rabbit's Quartet" and "The Unexclusive Virus," really close things well. The former is a mildly lively piano piece, and manages to be both dreamy and interesting. It's a very mellow piece that features some neat electronic detail without sacrificing beauty and intrigue. The closer manages to be incredibly minimalist, yet still evocative. It's a great piece to end on, as it allows the album to slip away gracefully.

"April.#02" is a great album, and clearly displays the promise and creativity of a natural born musical mind beginning to blossom. For the most part, everything works incredibly well, and at times the effort is very provocative and wholly entertaining. However, it lacks maturity and consistency, which ultimately bogs down the entire experience.



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Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 19th 2010


10594 Comments


I pretty much only love one thing by this guy.

Digging: Grouper - Ruins

schlock
October 19th 2010


26 Comments


/people who dont understand this kind of music bitching about static and disorganized noise/

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 19th 2010


10594 Comments


I understand it perfectly bro, but thanks for the input.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 19th 2010


10594 Comments


regardless, i'm much less enamored of this than program music I obviously

Foxhound
October 19th 2010


4570 Comments


Really good review, nicely written (although I didn't magnifine glass it). So pos

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 19th 2010


10594 Comments


Thanks Foxhound, I appreciate it

Foxhound
October 19th 2010


4570 Comments


I left this site for a while, came back and here's this guy with a cool username reviewin lots of albums i've never heard of! and the reviews are pretty good! see i've been payin attention no matter how retarded I may seem hehe =)

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 19th 2010


10594 Comments


Well I'm glad you came back man, you're a pretty badass user actually

Foxhound
October 19th 2010


4570 Comments


well thanks. i've made a few friends on here, which is why i now just stick with the one account.

liledman
October 19th 2010


3826 Comments


While as a whole, "April. #02" is a fine achievement. Yet the inconsistency and disorganization are truly damaging to the overall experience.


take out 'yet' and join those two sentences man, and its allll good.

ive been delaying listening to this for a while, probably should considering its been on my comp for about a month now haha.

crazyblinddude
October 19th 2010


3389 Comments


I'll have to check out all his non-Program Music I stuff soon. Nice review.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 19th 2010


10594 Comments


Thanks ed, it's fixed!

Jethro42
October 19th 2010


12456 Comments


Review is a very good read Xeno, buddy. /I'm not a fan of post-rock with all its static and dizorganized noise/. Have a big pos!

pizzamachine
October 19th 2010


12571 Comments


Pure Reason Revolution's new album is just meh, and now this?! Too many big disappointments.

Jethro42
October 19th 2010


12456 Comments


Music is endangered. Let's start a band!


astrel
October 19th 2010


2614 Comments


April#02 and Rabbit's Quartet slay.

pizzamachine
October 19th 2010


12571 Comments


"Let's start a band!"

Sounds like a plan!

Jethro42
October 19th 2010


12456 Comments


I am a dreamer maing
The lunatic is on the grass
héhéhéhéhé
HOUHOUHOUHOU

pizzamachine
October 19th 2010


12571 Comments


héhé what stuff are you takin jk.

Jethro42
October 19th 2010


12456 Comments


This is my drug :D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf-ArgakvZI
edit: Kudos man, you're very good at laughing in French!



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