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Totsuka no Tsurugi


4.0
excellent

Review

by Arche USER (87 Reviews)
August 25th, 2017 | 37 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Stuck in a tug of war between euphoria and hopelessness.

Try as I might to settle on an answer, Totsuka no Tsurugi's prevailing mood is proving elusive to me. For reasons I'll divulge in a moment, 'euphoric' doesn't feel quite right, as much as the case for it is the most immediate; while its title may point towards darker vistas, opener 'Eternal Loneliness' is probably the best example of its lighter side. Borrowing much from the orderly yet spirited world of tech house, its bombastic synths, lively character and repetitive, layered nature make it as at home in the ecstasy-fuelled clubhouse as it is in the bedroom of the introvert. However, as the EP continues this optimism starts to fade. The title track has an air of Ridley Scott's Alien about it – echoing, metallic crashes disrupt the 'laser-gun' bassline, looming breakbeats threatening to burst into the foreground like a Xenomorph's offspring. The celestial twinkling and upbeat patina of 'Heartbreaker' is promising, yet marred by the dooming mantra ”alive or dead: your choice”. Indeed, by the time 'Demons of the Past' comes forth, it feels as though the joie de vivre has drained from the French producer. The pace remains, but the flighty, carefree melodies are replaced by deliberate, functional lines; the bass seems to intensify, seeking to intimidate rather than move the listener.

Therefore, it would appear that Totsuka no Tsurugi is the soundtrack to a well-fought, yet ultimately hopeless descent into brutalism; however, its forays into melancholia blur the lines between bliss and industrial sterility. The end of 'Eternal Loneliness'', for example, sees its bittersweet undercurrent rise to the forefront, finishing the piece on a more sullen note than one might have expected. The aforementioned phrase used in 'Heartbreaker' is the starkest light/dark juxtaposition here, the listener reminded of life's finite nature during a moment of otherwise childlike wonder. Yet, these lugubrious features aren't just used as a mere downer; crucially, closer 'Demons of the Past' does not end on a wholly emotionless, dehumanised note. The 'deliberate, functional' melody mentioned earlier is certainly that, but it's also beautiful, wistful, sad – a flicker of colour in an increasingly greyscale soundscape. For this reason,while 'euphoric' isn't the right word to describe Totsuka no Tsurugi, 'hopeless' isn't the right one either. It seems to land a middle ground between the two, constantly caught in a tug of war with itself; being privy to it is spellbinding.



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Archelirion
August 25th 2017


5800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Breaking forth from the K-Pop run I was in great danger of starting on, I did this. Probably a bit flowery, but I kinda feel I can be with this. Obviously, any suggestions/corrections/clarifications/whathaveyou as always appreciated.



Check it out on these four links:

Eternal Loneliness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iN0r6h1BCU

Totsuka no Tsurugi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6PHHfrJ9cA

Heartbreaker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhP0vebmvnU

Demons From The Past: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MxhEVYO_bo

Flugmorph
August 25th 2017


21531 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh wow you reviewed this you absolute legend

im gonna rejam and read this

Archelirion
August 25th 2017


5800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I added it to the database a while back with the intention of reviewing it (probably a month ago), but completely forgot to finish it :3

Hope you enjoy reading it alongside, it's a cool record

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2017


11734 Comments


"looming breakbeats threatening to burst into the foreground like a Xenomorph's offspring."

So. Awesome.

Great review man, industrialish stuff is pretty hit and miss for me, here's hoping for a hit (:

verdant
Staff Reviewer
August 26th 2017


2422 Comments


bout to check this out because of this lovely little review

EphemeralEternity
August 26th 2017


3238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review. it's as though you purloined it from my mind word for word. It's actually making me a bit paranoid.

Flugmorph
August 26th 2017


21531 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

as if you weren't paranoid anyway

Archelirion
August 26th 2017


5800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you very much my lovelies ^ ^

Yeah, I'm chuffed with that one Scuro. Hope you like it!



Balls: :^)

adr
August 31st 2017


12015 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

3rd and 4th track bang so hard

Sinternet
August 31st 2017


20308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ooh didnt even notice this had a review



one of my fave producers recently, still like warehouse memories best but this was awesome too



nice review

Digging: Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2017


3018 Comments


Lugubrious. c: Such a great review, you're a master at this.

Digging: Lil Tracy - Anarchy

Archelirion
September 4th 2017


5800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, this guy can't do a huge amount wrong ATM. You heard Absolution XXL?



Aww, thanks ^ ^

Flugmorph
September 6th 2017


21531 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so finally came around to reading this and all i can say is:

lugubrious

MotokoKusanagi
September 13th 2017


2050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow not sure how I missed hearing about this release but it's quite good

EphemeralEternity
September 13th 2017


3238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah listen to all his past work too its fucking A1

MotokoKusanagi
September 14th 2017


2050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i've heard warehouse memories but i'll have to check the rest for sure

Sinternet
September 16th 2017


20308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

new ep my dudes https://monnomblack.bandcamp.com/album/state-of-control-ep



rules as usual

Archelirion
September 16th 2017


5800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah man, it's cracking. Really love the title track on it

parksungjoon
December 7th 2018


9575 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hi henlo whats this

Archelirion
December 7th 2018


5800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey henlo its some sweet techno bleeps and hard bloops

a new EP just came out a week or two back and it's a smidge disappointing tbh. Very competent but just lacking something



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