Takeda - Psychedelic Minimalism Vol. 1
If you learned that a member of Bardo Pond had made a recording without any big, distorted guitar sounds, you might feel a bit let down. Clint Takeda does not disappoint, but neither does he let himself get locked in by expectations on this CD’s four tracks, which clock a collective 72 minutes playing time. Recorded during the century’s first decade, they were first presented in various playback situations (galleries, gardens, alleys) and then sold from the merch table on limited edition CD-Rs. Each track sounds quite different from the others, and each proceeds at a pace gradual enough to let you get lost within the immersive sound. “Momonohime” comes the nearest to Bardo Pond’s voltage-reliant roar. The other tracks periodically admit oscillating fuzz tones, but the scuzz blows through an otherwise pristine sound world of toy piano notes, rainwater drips and continuous instrumental sounds distressed by cheap analog recording. You can’t get lost if you don’t want to be anywhere.