Call for Music Writers... Rock, Indie, Urban, Electronic, Americana, Metal, World and More

Music
cover art

Toshinori Kondo

Silent Melodies

(Off; US: 20 Nov 2007; UK: 19 Nov 2007)

There is no debate surrounding Japanese trumpeter Toshinori Kondo’s status as a legend in his own time. The guy has worked with everyone from Bill Laswell and DJ Krush to Herbie Hancock and the 14th Dalai Lama. He has collected many truly breathtaking works under his belt over his busy years. Silent Melodies just happens to not be one of them. The title of the album is brutally literal as it consists entirely of an electric trumpet moaning and pulsing with varying vigour. There is nothing here in the way of a beat or tune, just “whaoooooo” liberally panned in different tones and unpredictable consistency. As an ambient album, it’s too unsettling and occasionally piercingly jarring, while as a jazz album, it’s plain boring. Suffice to say, there is markedly better stuff out there from Kondo. Do yourself a favor and find that Ki-Oku album he did with Krush before you come anywhere near Silent Melodies.

Rating:

Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


Tagged as: toshinori kondo
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.