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JUTA TAKAHASHI - Across the Flow (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Angel (cd)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Hymn (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Moonlit Flowers (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Quiet Rain (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Remembrance (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Seabound (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Silence (cd)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - The Door into Winter (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Transcendence (CD/Digital Download)

 
TANGENT PROJECT - Surface (cd-r)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Booster (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - DM 2.1 (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Izu (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - One Times One (Ep)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Phaedra 2005 (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Soundmill Navigator (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - The Endless Season (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Views from a Red Train (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Winter in Hiroshima (cd)

 
TANGRAM - Flow (cd-r)

 
TANGRAM - Tepidarium (cd-r)

 
GLEN TARACHOW - Waterclock (cd)

 
TAU SAGITTARII - Sensory Data (Digital Download)

 
TELOMERE - Astral Currents (cd)

 
TELOMERE - Lux Primordia (cd/Digital Download)

 
TELOMERE - The Stellar Sea (cd)

 
TELOMERE - Zoetosis (cd)

 
TEMPS PERDU? - Athanor (cd)

 
TEMPS PERDU? - Terra Incognita (cd/Digital Download)

 
TERRA AMBIENT - The Darker Space (cd-r)

 
TERRA AMBIENT - The Gate (cd)

 
TERRA AMBIENT - Wanderlust (cd)

 
TERRAN SPIRAL - Time to Slide (cd-r)

 
IAN TESCEE - A Travelerís Guide to Mars (cd)

 
IAN TESCEE - Breathwork (cd-r)

 
THAMNOS - WIR (cd)

 
ALEX THEORY & DANIEL PINCHBECK - Emergence 2012 (cd)

 
THIS - Zone (cd-r)

 
STEVE THOMAS - More People have been to the Moon (cd)

 
ROBERT SCOTT THOMPSON - Poesis Athesis (cd)

 
ROBERT SCOTT THOMPSON - Silent Shore (cd)

 
THOUGHT GUILD - Continuum (cd-r)

 
THOUGHT GUILD - Electric Curios (Digital Download)

 
THOUGHT GUILD - Third Voyage (cd-r)

 
TI-CAL - Coriolis (cd)

 
TIDAL FORCE - Nebula (Digital Download)

 
TIME BEING - A Dimension Reflected (cd)

 
ALEX TIUNIAEV - Artificial Symphony (cd-r)

 
TM SOLVER - Axon (Digital Download)

 
DAVID TOLLEFSON - New Eyes on the Universe (cd)

 
TONEFLOAT:IKON - Streams of Consciousness (Series) (Lp)

 
ISAIAH TORAN - Another Way Home (cd)

 
ISAIAH TORAN - Whispering Quietly (cd)

 
TOSS POWER TRAPS - Earth Rot II: Music For Iceland (Digital Download)

 
COLIN TOWNS - Full Circle (cd)

 
TRANSCEIVE - The Circe Complex (Digital Download EP)

 
TRANSCEIVE - Transformation 88:98 (cd)

 
TRIPPLE S - Poles (CD/Digital Download)

 
TRIPSWITCH - Geometry (cd)

 
TROIKA - Goddess (cd)

 
JOHAN TRONESTAM - Far Away (CD/Digital Download)

 
JOHAN TRONESTAM - Roots and Legends from the North (cd)

 
EMMANUEL TUTS-SCHIEMSKY - Muze in de Storm (cd-r)

 
EMMANUEL TUTS-SCHIEMSKY - Rust voor de Stilte (cd)

 
TUU - Mesh (cd)

 
TUU - Terma (cd)

 
NIK TYNDALL & BERND SCHOLL - Dreamspheres (cd)


JUTA TAKAHASHI
Transcendence
CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Lunisolar Records, 2013
With the tenth release of this talented Japanese musician, we enter the next level of the ethereal, expansive float zone. Once more sticking to a free form, textural outcome, Mr Takahashi brings his listeners four 16-minute tracks with drifting, exotic-spiced soundscapes along a very nice touch of analogue sounds. It all roams in the wide open in full glory.

On "Higurashi", gentle piano keys are married expertly with uplifting, almost heavenly pads, bringing the beauty and immersion of the celestial outdoors almost in reach, while a hypnotzing sitar-drone and lush flute make up "Nirvana Electronique". Pure stillness reigns on the highly meditative "Maitri".


The concluding title track feels like coming home and closing the circle, featuring a warm blanket of sun rays shining through the clouds. This very well produced and mastered 66-minute outcome has a profound calming and contemplative effect, easily deserving a four star rating.

Any fan of intrinsic, evocative ambient music is gonna love this. Chapeau, Jutaro!

Website: www.jutatakahashi.com

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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