TK From Ling Tosite Sigure
Flowering


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kyle Robinson USER (29 Reviews)
October 5th, 2012 | 17 replies | 3,790 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Everything gripping about Ling Tosite Sigure, with some intriguing new ideas in the mix.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Every Ling Tosite Sigure album, single, and EP has maintained a consistently high degree of quality. Few bands manage to strike such a deep vein of creativity, and Sigure's success is all the more impressive when one considers that their sound has evolved very slowly from one record to the next. Their last two albums show modest signs of change, incorporating more introspective and atmospheric moments into the mix, but they're still a predominantly loud, aggressive band. So when singer and guitarist Toru Kitajima (usually stylized as TK) decided to release a solo album, nobody really knew what to expect.

As it turns out, TK's solo music isn't that much different from his main band. The biggest change is scope – while Sigure is a power trio with few overdubs and a basic guitar/drums/bass sound, Flowering let TK work outside of the confines of the trio to collaborate with however many musicians he wanted. Here, there are strings, piano, and a different flavor to the bass playing (courtesy of Hidekazu Hinata, of ex-Zazen Boys/Straightener/Nothing's Carved In Stone fame.) TK still sings in a high-pitched voice, although he uses his falsetto in a gentler way on many songs, and he still plays intricate, melodic guitar parts that sound very different from cliché shredding guitar heroics we all know.

The faster tracks, like Abnormal Trick and 12th Laser, are as fierce as any Sigure tracks, and the extra instrumentation doesn't bog them down. The glitchy production techniques, particularly on the former, give it a unique flavor that's only been slightly explored on Sigure's records. But in some important ways, Flowering is a digression from Sigure's music. Acoustic guitar has a stronger presence than in Sigure, as well as piano; Haze is a fast but almost upbeat song, a first for Kitajima, and Daylily and Fourth are gentle, introspective songs that are a far cry from the relentless assault of the Sigure's debut album. In a true testament to TK's musical consistency, they don't sound out of place with his other work. White Silence and Film A Moment were part of TK's short film Film A Moment last year, and still sound good here, the latter in particular benefiting from Hinata's new bass track as it develops over seven minutes. These tracks are the closest thing to straight-out prog or post-rock that TK has created since Sigure's early demos.

The best songs might be the ones that stray farthest from Sigure territory, like Phase To Phrase, which is probably the best song on the album. A whirling array of fluid electric guitars and piano playing ride on propulsive drumming in a way that suggests, this is what it sounds like when a rock band plays electronic music. In fact, many of the songs have surprisingly entrancing moments that aim for musical emotions and textures outside of rock orthodoxy while not forgetting that this is still a rock album. TK's understated vocals float and stutter over the melody to good effect. These adventurous forays into post-rock atmospherics and electronic influences suggest that TK is far from running out of ideas.

Ultimately, one's appreciation of Flowering is going to hinge on what they like about Sigure. It's not likely to win over listeners who already dislike the former band and TK's voice – which has already placed him in the Geddy Lee and Claudio Sanchez Hall Of Divisive Vocalists – or those who exclusively prefer Sigure's more aggressive, harder edge. However, if you like how the group has gradually branched out over their last two albums or so, chances are that you'll find something to like in Flowering, too.



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sniper
October 5th 2012



18936 Comments


you're not supposed to put solo albums under the band page the artist is from why the fuck would you do that

edit: the review was still good though. i have their album from 2010 but it never made much of an impact on me.

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sniper
October 5th 2012



18936 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/soundoff.php?albumid=105748

album page is right here

Nitroadict
October 5th 2012



129 Comments


Very excellent review, on what will surely be an overlooked but amazing solo album. White Silence is probably one of the most beautiful songs either TK or the rest of the band has made so far, despite it's comparative simplicity.

instantradical
October 5th 2012



199 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fixed it, didn't know there was already a page for TK, I didn't think it was worth it to make a new one. Not sure how to delete this page, maybe a mod can do it?

sniper
October 5th 2012



18936 Comments


i posted in the meds forum already, someone should look at it i think

Captain North
October 5th 2012



6768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sniper, their 2010 album was definitely their least impressive. Too dense, not enough air to breath. And overproduced.

DarthMann
October 6th 2012



13476 Comments


lol

BlueW
November 5th 2012



2094 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

people need this, one of the best releases this year for sure

Captain North
November 22nd 2012



6768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Definitely in my top 5

sixdegrees
September 16th 2013



16695 Comments


I like the experimentation sigure have been doing on recent albums, so this was a very enjoyable exploration of that direction

oltnabrick
September 16th 2013



30057 Comments


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word, will not check

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sixdegrees
September 16th 2013



16695 Comments


lol at recs

but yeah dont

Captain North
September 17th 2013



6768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The recs really aren't accurate

ethos
September 17th 2013



1743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pretty interested in hearing what this sounds like just based off of those bizarre recommendations lol

Captain North
September 17th 2013



6768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's pretty fucking unique, so it's worth checking. His main band Ling Tosite Sigure is just mind blowingly good though, my absolute favourite band

treeqt.
September 17th 2013



8942 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

here you go http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYdmJBcvIVY
now you know

ethos
September 17th 2013



1743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not going to spoil, just going to hear the whole thing at once
already have it downloaded too.. sometime tomorrow probably

thanks for taking the time to post a link though :" )



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