Go-Between this one: if the past is a foreign country; is the present a loving abstract hometown? What of the future, uncertain as it is. Refugee camps perhaps. Future-perfect.
Here's muchadoaboutnothing, less killing the past in Shingo Yasumoto's portfolio here than his other work with Grasshopper Manufacture under the moniker of TORN. TORN, all caps as I presume, was a collaboration between Yasumoto and the luminary Masafumi Takada. I implied it a bit before upwards there, but I am most familiar with the former in his work in the excellent
Well, about a third of it. Flower, Sun and Rain is a favorite of mine with the music bearing the brunt of the responsibility for this fixation. Electrogamelan and wacked-out takes on Romantic and Baroque classicals. Killer7 is an even bigger favorite of mine, and... Well, I thought he worked on that one but apparently not. That's more Jun Fukuda. Well, another game Yasumoto brought his sound exploits to was Super Danganronpa 2, where again he assisted Mr. Takada for another tropical islet trip. That's also a favorite, see a pattern?
Anyhow, then comes this strange compact disc. Imported from the very land it was made. It would not be hyperbolic to suggest that I have no idea what this game is about and how these tracks interconntect with the innerworkings of this particular innermonologous game.
I'll leave the synopsis at that, but the music is pretty fine. Takada is not present, so comes Shingo's time to shine in the obscure light of GhM lore. It's not too bad, but a bit too divorced from what made F.S.R. click. Less triphop insanity and more technic ambiances, and little splash of House here'n'there. I recommend this to any tertiary Grasshopper Manufacture completionist who has the original Japanese PS2 killer7 proudly displayed on their respective walls, right next to that French Suda51 biography.
THE VERDICT: well, just prick your ears up and listen.