Kashiwa Daisuke
Re:RED


4.5
superb

Review

by siIverspawn USER (4 Reviews)
June 14th, 2018 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Beauty and Chaos

Kashiwa's newest release sounds nothing like any of its predecessors. Gone are the lavish, captivating soundscapes lead by string and piano. Gone is the humility, and gone are the gradual build-ups. This one opens with 90 seconds of drums only, and the song that follows isn't humble in the slightest, but bold and intense, even aggressive.

The album relies heavily on rhythm, on drums, electronic effects, and on distortion, tiny moments where the music cuts out, or where something totally bizarre is thrown in the mix, the kind of thing that was most prominent on April.#02, but wholly absent for the past four records. The single most prominent addition, however, has to be the usage of vocals, which are a major presence in almost every track.

Now, this isn't new. Vocals were around on 9 songs, too. But 9 songs ain't that good – most of it's arguably filler. This one is different. Re:RED is a beast, it is complex, dynamic, fresh, and aggressive. One thing that is most reminiscent of April #02 and Program Music I, in particular, is just how far it takes its ideas. The songs are so much more than just some simple melody turned into something presentable; they are their own little journeys, where an idea is taken and explored to its fullest, with all the effort necessary to really do it justice. The opener Roar is not just great because it's radically different, it's great because of how far it's willing to go, how much passion has really been put into it. On my first listen, I was already impressed when, after the first four minutes, it begins to fade out and I assumed that was it. It's not. Those four minutes were just the introduction, where you can get a sense of what's in store for you. The ending is where fire is unleashed.

And there's plenty of diversity within the album, too. Hail Storms takes the new style into a wholly different direction, relying heavily, at times exclusively, on beautiful vocals to deliver a song that's hauntingly melancholic... starting from a timid beginning and building for over eight minutes, reaching amazing heights on the way... and then you realize that the song doesn't even have lyrics, so much emotion but on an empty map. Subliminal Affirmation feels similarly grand and is in some ways the most extreme out of the material present here. If you were ever curious what it would sound like if Kashiwa decided to turn this distortion thing to the absolute maximum, to see just how far you can possibly go with drum bits, chopped vocal samples, and weird effects all mixed together in a bizarre maelstrom of chaos, this is the track for you.

Having said all of this, one thing I'm certainly not claiming is that the album is consistent. Personally, I find both #6 and #8 abhorrent – please don't ever include male vocals again – but heights and lows do not cancel out. In a world with more music than one could ever consume, the function that maps values of songs to the value of an album looks much more like max than mean. And the songs that shine, they shine brightly. This album is a must-hear for anyone with a genuinely open mind.

4.6/5

Recommended Tracks: Hail Storms; Roar, EVAツ, Subliminal Affirmation, Secret Play Sacred Place


user ratings (21)
3.6
great


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siIverspawn
June 14th 2018


149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is basically the most criminally underrated thing I've ever seen on sputnik, so I felt the need to give it some praise. It seems like Kashiwa has alienated a sizeable part of his listener base with Dec 5 and such.



Hail Storms: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rNCB0E3WTc

Gyromania
June 14th 2018


32525 Comments


Wouldn't say it's underrated since it only has 5 ratings

zaruyache
June 14th 2018


24269 Comments


bruh i can't tell if you're joking or not now bc that's literally what under-rated means :|

Gyromania
June 14th 2018


32525 Comments


No, it doesn't

zaruyache
June 15th 2018


24269 Comments


synonyms: undervalue, underestimate, underappreciate, do an injustice to, sell short, play down, understate, minimize, diminish, downgrade, trivialize

few people have bothered to check this, so it's been underestimated/undervalued/underappreciated/sold short/understated/minimized/trivialized/u n d e r r a t e d

and it's literally under-rated because it has few ratings.

Gyromania
June 15th 2018


32525 Comments


You're actually dumb

Jasdevi087
June 15th 2018


6707 Comments


*Y'are

Gyromania
June 15th 2018


32525 Comments


Underrated and unknown are two different words. 'Underrated' implies it's well known but not well enough liked in most situations. Hard to appreciate it if not enough people know about it, so how is it 'underappreciated'? You could make a case for it grammatically making sense but why be so ambiguous? It's like bi-monthly: you could mean twice a month or every 2 months, so why not just specify?

Demon of the Fall
June 15th 2018


19989 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. I don't remember thinking this one was all that remarkable, still fairly enjoyable though. Nothing else I've heard from this guy even comes close to competing with PM1.

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siIverspawn
June 15th 2018


149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@gyro I think I said underrated in the sense of what the site as a whole thinks. If an album only has a couple of hits then the site's judgment reads as something like 'pretty unremarkable' since everyone assumes it's so bad that they don't even need to check it out. Especially if the artist is actually well-known.

siIverspawn
June 15th 2018


149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

glad to help.



so what do you think? owns, doesn't it?

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
June 16th 2018


4904 Comments


idk why i never listened to this

kmagnum1x
December 7th 2018


459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is pretty hype actually there's so much momentum in the songs

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2019


38779 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's a cool track, but wasn't Subliminal Affirmation originally a Ferri song? I swear her album has the exact same version as this one



EDIT So this is a remix album, but since he arranged that track in the first place I guess he just reused it without switching anything up. Hmm. Guess that makes this a compilation?

Get Low
September 27th 2019


10654 Comments


Wait, so this is just an album of Daisuke remixing other people's songs?

Get Low
September 27th 2019


10654 Comments


And on another note, this album didn't really hold my interest.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2019


38779 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty much, apart from that one (which is a straight lift, but also probably the best song on it's album so whatever). Sacred Play Secret Place, EVA and Hail Storms make this kinda worth it imo

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2019


38779 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mango Fruit is growing on me hard, makes me wanna listen to Venetian Snares more than Daisuke though

siIverspawn
October 17th 2019


149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mango Fruit is gross imo. Like legit disgusting.



I didn't know that the album was a "remix" album. I didn't know any of the originals and only found about about the one from Sacred Play, Secret place. In that case I think the original version is fairly uninteresting though.



So you're referring to this record? https://www.sputnikmusic.com/soundoff.php?albumid=335035#a

siIverspawn
October 17th 2019


149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's interesting but doesn't lower my appreciation I don't think.



Isn't S/A being a straight lift kind of weird though? It has to mean that he was involved in the other version too, right? There's no way he'd just rip off someone else's work.



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