TOSHIMARU NAKAMURA+KEN IKEDA+TOMOYOSHI DATE: Green Heights CD Baskaru
I can only imagine if this was on your hi-fi and someone asked what you were listening to it would be a right mouthful to explain; if anything, it might have been best if this trio had conjured up a name for their collaboration.
The French label Baskaru, is well known for releasing just a carefully selected few releases each year, comprising of artistic sonic sound structures more often than not; ‘Green Heights’ is no exception to this rule.
With five tracks that clock in just under an hour, each of these are titled as ‘Balcony’; therefore one long track, or individual parts of the same theme. The first step starts off simplistically enough, with some background harmonics, flutters of instrumentation, injected with a highly irritating high pitched whine, which I felt was unnecessary.
Thankfully, the second instalment is a more ambient affair, where drones take precedence above all else. Pleasant enough, these are once again interrupted with some pointless electronic noises midway, just when you are settling into the track.
For the most part, the album carries on much as it started. The most annoying factor to ‘Green Heights’ as a whole is that along the way there are momentary glances at actual talent, which without the unfortunate pointless distractions could have made this a more than worthy listen.