Through the years, Juta Takahashi composed various tracks that appeared on compilation albums from various labels. These all -with the exception of the last track- have now been compiled on the 63-minute “Gems”.
The six emotive pieces feel like a warm bath due to the overall spatial sound as well as the presence of rich-colored, vibrant textures and pads. Opener “Departure” already spreads a lovely sense of soft mourning and grace shining through its gentle piano and smooth building soundscapes, thereafter taking on a calm flight through fluid-atmospheric as well as cosmic realms on the 19-minute “Dreams within Dreams”. The dreamful, intrinsic calm continues on the gentle “Night Blooms” while evolving drone tapestries make up the minimalist “Theophany”. “Arctic Echoes” offers pleasantly soaring textures, followed by the wondrous celestial spheres of the highly emotive “Heaven”, a track dedicated to all victims of Japan’s great earthquake who fly with the angels now. Here, the sense of remembrance is felt clearly.
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