Top Story: 3. June 2009
By Editor in Chief, Jaakko Saari
Takagi Masakatsu's "Private/Public" (2007) was a second album I bought after "Rehome". My heart was instantly captured by this almost orchestral music.
In Private/Public, Takagi Masakatsu takes more acoustic approach, with flowing acoustic sounds, rhythms and vocals. The album has fantastic tracks from Coieda, such as "Primo" and wonderful Piano tune "Girls". These tracks have similar essence on what they had in Coieda, but it seems that Takagi Masakatsu has let these pieces to evolve into wholly new shape and feel. This evolvement is especially true to nostalgic and little sad "Exit / Delete".
I have listened Private/Public a lot, although not as much as "Rehome". But this music just gets better more you listen to it, and that seems to be true to most of Masakatsu's music. Somehow, the music finds it's way inside you, and you can feel it, and remember the rhythm even if you don't have your music player with you.
This album feels more open and directly spiritual than Coieda or Rehome. Although I loved Rehome, I wondered why it had to be so pop. Private/Public is just honestly what it is, a great, inspirational, colorful music.
It seems Takagi Masakatsu is well capable of composing classical music even without direct electronic instruments. That's a skill not many electronic music artist possess. After listening this album, I felt that that Takagi Masakatsu is fore and foremost a great pianist. He is more than that of course, and he is also a visual artist.
His albums have often been called "a moving sound paintings". Private/Public as well as other albums by Masakatsu are available in Japanese iTunes Music Store. Takagi Masakatsu has been featured on Apple's Pro Profiles.
Eating 1 & 2 are on Spotify, I've been listening.