is the 2nd solo release for Tetsu Inoue on Fax, and continues roughly
where the previous solo disc, Ambiant Otaku, left off. Generally speaking
there is some overlap between the two. Sonically, this disc is every
bit as much the "holy grail" that Otaaku is. Fortunately, it isnt
nearly as hard to find. I am inclined to say that Organic Cloud tends
to be more rhythmically active in terms of actual percussion and maybe
a shade less abstract then Otaku. And unlike Otaku or Slow & Low,
the songs of this album are mixed together, one smoothly flowing into
the next which, to me, suggests a multistage journey. This journey
is a spiritual one, and thus not without its moments of challenge
and self-confrontation, but be assured that a listener's patience
is greatly rewarded here. The overall scope of the album proceeds
from dark to light, or if you like, from cold to warm. Each song becomes
progressively more blissful and optimistic.
Night in Goa. We begin in ominous territory. Monk-like oscillations
surround you while misty waves of bass radiate tactile vibrations.
The atmosphere is so thick as to elicit a sense of opacity.
as powerful as this are ideally listened to in locations that inspire
awe, such as the top of a high mountain or cliff or perhaps vast deep
caverns. A far off sensation of electronics materializes from within
the instinctive sound collage. Low-end
bleeps and deconstructed cyclical sequences reminiscent of the
604 approach bind the monastic to the psychedelic without compromising
the qualities of either environment. Whirlpool tones and unearthly
grinding textures propel us into the final sections of this piece,
and soon after new voices usher us off on a
to Ixtlan. Heavy machinery is heard, again starting far off on
the horizon and approaching steadily as the seconds go by. The song
title is in reference to a Casteneda passage, wherein the allegedly
hypothetical Don Juan introduces the "web of light" and the technique
of "not-doing" to Carlos in a striking landscape of lava rock. Vulcan
surroundings are an appropriate setting for the powerful sounds heard.
Some sounds are metallic or hollow and rusty, like a structure that
has stood through many ages. Two synth chirps compete for the leading
note, while voices rise and fall to the beats. Most percussion here
is doubled up, like sound between two walls. The outro is by comparison
more peaceful and is merged with the intro of
in Chill out. This was also on the Ambient Cookbook/Fax Compilat and
is the main turning point on the album. The first rays of promise
after a time of peril leak forward like sundogs through cloudbreaks.
A ambiguous synth solo leads the way, while other textures emerge.
Soon, morphing bass thumps establish a basic rhythm which most of
the other elements begin to follow.
overall textural qualities of the instruments also seem to respond
and bleed into each other. To me, this mood foreshadows the hi-res,
sophisticated realtime approaches that some of the more recent ambient
projects demonstrate. Deep pulsations combine with enhancing melodies
which shimmer alongside the evolving choir-like streams of sound.
Another cycle is at work here, a recurring emotion circles around,
of Power. Spinning astral floods of light emit glistening waves
of static. The photon tide rises while a distant beacon beeps at regular
intervals. This stage of the album is my personal favorite. Its spontaneous,
positive vibrations are always appealing. It is the Akashic recording,
a hyperlinked aural tradition which seems to extend infinitely outward.
This definitely belongs on the list of beatless wonders Tetsu Inoue
has laid down over the years. A melodic rhythm eventually fades in,
sounding somewhat flexible, as if rapidly oscillating between concave
and convex configurations and hitting different notes each time. The
melody is repeated but somehow sounds different every time it plays.
Toward the end, the tide rises once again in a mighty crescendo. After
the ritual, we retire to the
Commune. A beat-oriented piece that performs well as a finishing
track. Over the course of this one, we return once again to more terrestrial
territory and the feeling of returning to a place of rest and recovery
from a highly intense spiritual adventure in sound is felt. In general,
this is an album you either own or should put on your "want-list,"
particularly if you are a fan of futuresque, abstract sound mosaics.
Definitely something for the proverbial desert island. It still takes
me to "another place" each time I listen to it. And for people just
discovering Tetsu Inoue's talent, Organic Cloud is the perfect introduction
to what he is capable of.