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Neotokyo


5.0
classic

Review

by Jamoose USER (6 Reviews)
August 30th, 2011 | 73 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A heavily overlooked electronic/acoustic cyberpunk masterpiece.

It’s often that some supremely talented musicians and composers out there get missed out on, whether that be due to a lack of publicity, sheer modesty or a low commercial source of output (in this case, a mod). Ed Harrison serves an original and diverse plate of electronica tones, pianos, guitars and violins with hints of cultural Japanese influences and instrumentation. The product is a cyberpunk masterpiece of atmospheric, electronic music that is both unique and engrossing.

While there are wide uses of different instruments and influences, what Ed Harrison seems to master among all this is the power of simplicity in his song writing. No track tries to be too progressive that it may draw away listeners, which is a craft among the huge amounts of experimentation on this album. Each track builds and develops themselves around catchy and atmospheric melodies, making them more memorable, rather than adding ambitious shifts. Take one of the longer tracks and personal favourite, “Tin Soldiers”, which plays around with a glitchy, almost robotic piano melody in the first half and then manipulates it into a fast paced drumbeat fest of pure emotion in the second half. “Annul” sustains a memorable bass line and weaves and dives around different lead lines, including vocals, and still maintains interest over its marathon six and a half minutes.

Wherever you may tread in this album you are always bound to find something different. “Automata” is an impressive genre-hybrid of western and electronica, possessing near-natural drums, acoustic guitar and violins, along with tasteful synth textures. “Rebuild” adds a more classic and cultural feel with its more traditional sounding drumwork, while haunting violins dominate the expressive “Radius”. Ed Harrison’s distinctive electronica-acoustic formula is at its most destructive on songs like “Tin Soldiers”, “Impetus” and another highlight, "Departure", while at its most mellow and ambient on the likes of “Welcome”, “Prabhava” and “Out”. Among all this, the album sustains a clear evocative atmosphere that isn’t lost among the album’s experimentation. I would recommend "Departure" as your first listen simply because it sums up the atmosphere and emotion of the album in a concise two and a half minutes; a "teaser" if you will.

If you are a fan of any electronic music, a bit of anime fanatic or, well, a fan of music all together, I highly recommend checking this out.

Although I lack knowledge of the Half Life 2 mod itself (being a mac user, I can't play it), I would also recommend checking it out if it is still active.



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ThePac
August 31st 2011


219 Comments


wow never played hl2 let alone the tokyo mod but have just checked this out on youtube and it is killer.

you are a god for introducing me to this. now purchasing!

pos'd

omnipanzer
August 31st 2011


21451 Comments


Entirely unfamiliar with this but really nice review.

Have a POS Jamoose.

cagedescending
September 1st 2011


4124 Comments


Excellent review, mighty fine album. Was considering doing one myself as my first review, beat me to the punch bro.

One of the few things that keeps me from bumping this to 5 is that sometimes the guy goes a little overboard with the layering.

Jamoose
September 3rd 2011


4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Cheers guys!

@cagedescending I wouldn't discourage you to write a review as well. Gets this guy more sales!

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
September 3rd 2011


4507 Comments


Can't believe this is a soundtrack to a Half Life 2 mod

HBFS
December 25th 2011


1257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is blowing my mind right now. holy shit

Digging: Banks - Goddess

Yotimi
February 14th 2012


6494 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

a lot to take in, but this is pretty awesome

cagedescending
February 14th 2012


4124 Comments


This album is slooooowly gaining word-of-mouth... excellent.

HBFS
February 15th 2012


1257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

totally rules

Funeralopolis
March 26th 2012


11344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

tin soldier

Digging: No Joy - Wait to Pleasure

Funeralopolis
April 20th 2012


11344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hiroden 651

DarthMann
April 20th 2012


13815 Comments


fade do you ever sleep?

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2012


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Okay I'm going to post here so I can come back later to check this out.

Funeralopolis
April 20th 2012


11344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It is well worth your time.

Funeralopolis
April 20th 2012


11344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My sleeping pattern is really messed up atm, I pulled an all nighter for a test and feel asleep at 5pm woke up at 2am. So now I am awake lol.

DarthMann
April 20th 2012


13815 Comments


do you do something while you listen to music?
also how the hell do you keep up your personas so well man you're good i mean baseline never slips

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2012


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^it's slipped a couple of times.

cagedescending
April 20th 2012


4124 Comments


Scrap I/O

Maniac!
April 20th 2012


26250 Comments


"Absolutely flawless, I wish the production was cleaner, though."


Great use of irony!

Funeralopolis
April 24th 2012


11344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

bump for probably best soundtrack ever



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