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Takeshi Nakamura - Ordinary Days

Ordinary Days is a deep and consistent release focused on the latest productions of the sound designer Takeshi Nakamura composed in the last part of 2005.
After a nice release on Neureal, Takeshi brings back his skills to create this complex album made of microsounds, drones and cold atmospheres where our Japanese friend shows his addiction to the obscure side of electronic sounds. These nine tracks sketch a development in Takeshi's music through a combination between cold ambient mood over oblique and processed rhythm.
Ordinary Days moves between these two polarities: "Foolish Love" is the anomaly of the entire album with an intriguing melody that vibrates for a moment and then dissipates into the rough edges of "Killing Time" and "Maze". In the first one Takeshi builds an essential structure of minimal beats and hypnotizing loops interspaced by a warm pad, the second one has a similar structure too but with a singular acid riff that explodes at the end of the track.
"Dozed Off" slows down the tension into far reverbs and resonant samples, then Takeshi disjoints a "Commonplace Beat" into the chipped and disorganic mellow of "Peaceful Days".
"Voices", probably the best track of the album, is a complex of computerized voices, intricate beats and sub drones, a mood wich can be compared with the sonority of songs like Ipacial Section or Sim Gishel of the mighty Autechre who surely stands among Takeshi's ispirations.
The end of Ordinary Days is a deep and cerebral journey through desolate landscapes of cold ambient lightened by high frequency quakes where you'll feel lost and fascinated.




Track List:

  • 01. Foolish Love
  • 02. Killing Time
  • 03. Maze
  • 04. Dozed Off
  • 05. Commonplace Beat
  • 06. Peaceful Days
  • 07. Voices
  • 08. Xanadu
  • 09. River In The Ocean


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© Takeshi Nakamura
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Cover Artwork:
© Filippo Aldovini
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This work (audio tracks, cover, text) is licensed under a creative commons license.



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Reviews for this release

The album cover for Ordinary Days fits the music perfectly. Takeshi Nakamura creates ice cold electronica full of bleeps and glitches that are seemily outside human contact but not outside human emotions. The music hooks the listener into the composer's own strange dimension. Experimental and abstract, it still manages to be quite accessible to the listener. A typical track would be 'Killing Time', starting with a brief riff and then building with electronic bloops and bleeps operating both rhythmically and arhythmically. Despite its title, 'Peaceful Days' places the listening in a disquieting environment. 'Voices' is my favorite track, using computerized voice and polyrhythm to form an engaging work.
[...]Nakamura's music may not be to everybody's liking but I challenge you not to be moved by it.
Free Albums Galore / 23 Mar 2006

zymogen entwickelt sich zu einem label mit enormen output, denn heuer ist schon wieder eine neue vö auf der platte...
dieses mal hat sich der japaner takeshi nakamura für das release qualifiziert und eine downbeatlastige skizze gezeichnet, die nicht nur an eiskalten wintertagen die stimmung aufbessert. einmal mehr haben wir also ein werk in höchster qualität und das ist für zymogen mehr als nur ein guter start. ich bin gespannt was uns noch so erwarten wird und ob die hochgesteckten erwartungen weiter erfüllt werden.
Kreislauf e-zine / 24 Jan 2006

this is brilliant, the sounds here are extremelly interesting. the sounds here are simply beautiful. an incredible achievment is therms of sound sculpture and structures. an album everyone should listen to..
Lezrod on Earlabs / 22 Jan 2006