Kashiwa Daisuke/Koby Israelite
Split


3.5
great

Review

by Cultclassical USER (51 Reviews)
June 25th, 2014 | 14 replies


Release Date: 05/05/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Two men showing us a bit of who they are...

Contrary to what one might infer from the constant gushing about the perfection of Program Music I combined with the lack of mention of anything else he’s ever done, Kashiwa Daisuke didn’t immediately drop dead in a heap after finishing his work clutching his finished masterpiece against his chest only for it to be discovered months later and posthumously released to the world, he’s still alive and continuing to produce some downright gorgeous music. With recent releases the man has shown a predilection towards the soft, serene tones of his delicate piano playing and shied away from his glitchy, electronica infused classical sound to some great results. This latest split sees Daisuke working with his gypsy counterpart Koby Israelite, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist in his own right, in composing two piano driven pieces of very different styles.

“Solitude” has Israelite’s heritage dripping from every note. The twinkling piano works very well with Israelite’s accordion and creates something I can only describe as a very Jewish vibe throughout the piece. The pacing is slow and deliberate, with the piano dancing over the top of a myriad of strings, percussion and accordion until with about a minute to go, the song breaks into a sort of Jewish waltz. This outro lies in stark contrast to the rest of the song but really showcases Israelite’s ability to channel himself through his music.

Daisuke’s contribution, “Jazz Pour Une Infante Defunte” (Jazz For A Late Infant) is a toe-tapping jazz piece and shows a side of the man we’ve never seen before. With the rumble of a stand-up bass filling out the background and some technical jazz drumming throughout, the piece sounds strikingly similar to something up-and-coming jazz darlings BADBADNOTGOOD would write. Even with the poppy feel and the complete lack of identity people come to expect from Daisuke, “Jazz Pour Une Infante Defunte” has just as much of the artist’s soul infused in it as “Solitude” has of Israelite.

Unfortunately, an artist releasing something to the caliber of Program Music I is a double edged sword. Sure it’s a master class piece of work and is rightly revered as such, but people tend to ignore anything the artist worked on before and everything after. This split is the work of two men showing a bit of who they are through their skills with the piano, one of the many instruments both of them play and while it's not going to shatter any concepts about music, the men accomplish their goal beautifully. Remember, a piece that is less than perfect still means it can be pretty damn good.



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Calc
June 25th 2014


12249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Short little review showing that Kashiwa Daisuke made more music than Program Music I. A good little piano piece for those in the mood.

http://retortrecords.bandcamp.com/album/split-7

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
June 25th 2014


14699 Comments


oh my gosh checking this fo sho!

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Calc
June 25th 2014


12249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's pretty Jac, I've never heard of Koby Israelite prior to me learning about this but I'm gonna check out some of his stuff now.

ChoccyPhilly
June 25th 2014


7155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sounds promising and it's only two tracks, damn

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laughingman22
June 25th 2014


1797 Comments


cool review

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
June 25th 2014


14699 Comments


omg can't find it gonna die!

Calc
June 25th 2014


12249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you want a download for it jac?

BigPleb
June 25th 2014


36979 Comments


Hope this is less boring than Program Music.

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
June 25th 2014


14699 Comments


yea that'd be nice, or I can just wait to soulseek it when some lovely person shares

Calc
June 25th 2014


12249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nah here it's from the label's website so I'm pre sure it's legal:

http://retortrecords.com/index.php/retort-releases/ret004b-kashiwa-daiksuke-koby-israelite-split-7

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
June 25th 2014


14699 Comments


Should suffice for now thank you :D

ComeToDaddy
June 25th 2014


319 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, enjoyed this a whole lot. Daisuke's piece is like the spiritual successor to the jazz piano in Write Once, Run Melos :3

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ChoccyPhilly
June 27th 2014


7155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First track is definitely better than the second

Calc
June 27th 2014


12249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't wanna say DEFINITELY better but I do agree.



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