Midori Takada’s 1983 record Through The Looking Glass is an album much loved by minimal ambient fans and international percussion fans alike. Takada’s marimba is delicately caressed and manipulated, while an array of other instruments gently surround it. Reissued by we release whatever the fuck we want, on CD and two different vinyl editions, cut at different speeds.
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- WRWTFWW018 / Limited deluxe 45 rpm audiophile 2LP edition on WRWTFWW / Palto Flats. Housed in heavy cardboard old style, gatefold Stoughton tip-on jacket. Edition of 500 copies
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 16 March 2017
Much needed reissue of Japanese percussionist Midori Takada’s first album - originally issued back in 1983 on RCA Red Seal and now faithfully reproduced by We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records and Palto Flats. This music has been unavailable for a very long time so it’s great to see this become widely available.
This is the first time the work has been issued on CD and comes in a choice of two vinyl editions. A single LP in Stoughton old-style tip-on sleeve cut at 33 rpm as per original release and also a Stoughton gatefold edition spread across two slabs of vinyl cut at 45rpm - with each of the four tracks having a dedicated full side of wax. Both have been cut from the original studio reels for maximum authenticity. Great Leonora Carrington style sleeve art too by Yohko Ochida.
There seems to be something of a renaissance with the whole Fourth World Ambient thing at the moment - so if you’re digging looking back at that stuff (also check the forthcoming 'Miracle Steps (Music from the Fourth World 1983 - 2017)' 2LP on Optimo Music) you really should check this out.
Takada uses Marimba, Gong, Cowbell, Recorder, Bells, Ocarina, Tam Tam, Harmonium, Bongos, Tam-Tam and Coke Bottle to create a mesmerising and tranquil sound world inspired by the American minimalism of Steve Reich while simultaneously exploring traditional Japanese music and even touching on Gamelan. It would take a heart of stone not to be entranced by the delicate loops and patterns. Later in the album things get heavier with more intense African polyrhythms which leave you gasping for more. It would be another seven years until she followed the album with her 1990 trip to the moon album ‘Lunar Cruise’.
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