Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Music
cover art

Takeshi Nishimoto

Monologue

(Forced Exposure; US: 1 May 2007; UK: 9 Apr 2007)

Takeshi Nishimoto, a guitarist and member of group I’m Not Your Gun, went to Berlin, where he now lives, and recorded Monologue in a church. Thoughtful, theatrical and moody, Nishimoto follows a long line of guitarists such as Adrian Legg and Mark Knopfler with pin-point plucks of the acoustic guitar and enough room between the notes to create warm, adventurous pieces. Whether it is the opening notes of “Morning 4am” or the faster tempo propelling “Rider”, Nishimoto delivers the goods time after time. A “Voice” trilogy makes up some of the more magical interludes, but a song such as “Miles and Thousands” stands on its own despite being only two precious minutes. There are two lengthier songs here beginning with the Latin-fuelled “Interweave” which has great flamenco flourishes. Just as pretty however is the peaceful and soothing “New Morning”. And the same can definitely be said for the reflective “Coming Home”.

Rating:

Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


discussion by

Comments
Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.