Masayoshi Takanaka - The Rainbow Goblins (Japanese Edition) (2013)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 426.82 Mb | 68:29 | Covers
Fusion | Country: Japan | Label: Universal Music (UPCY-6718)
A beautiful and wonderfully textured album full of life and color. The album follows the narrative of a storybook of the same name, which tells the adventures of a group of goblins. Takanaka, uses only spoken word bits in the beginning of most tracks to tell the story, and then lets the music do the rest, with most of it surprisingly sounding very in-theme with the actual plot of the book. He incorporates elements of traditional Japanese music, synthpop, rock, and plunderphonics as well, manipulating samples and other instruments to create sounds that were previously unheard of. Even though the album could be cut down a good ten minutes, and the song lengths are pretty inconsistent, The Rainbow Goblins is such a fun and playful interpretation of the book that it's hard to believe that the goblins themselves would hear anything else but this in their place.