For those less familiar with Takeda’s early material (i.e. 2008’s ‘Glass’) ‘EDO’ might come as a bit of a shock. This is many moons away from the warm summer breeze of “A Million Years” (‘Hufsa’ - 2010) or the Tuareg “Steppe” (‘SaRiGaMa’ – 2011).
Takeda have often been described - not least by themselves - as “Peter Walker meets Sigur Ros” and while this seems true of tracks like “Dusk Raga” or “Toil”, this fairly accurate but probably misleading approximation of their sounds feels more true than ever on this record.
Clocking in at well over an hour, this is a Behemoth of an album. Listening to the whole album at once gives one the feeling of shipwreck in a restless sea, being tugged hither-and-thither.
From the serene calm of “Carrion” to the devastating climax of “Now You Know How it Ends” and with few intelligible vocals; it is a relentlessly expressive album. Each piece is given room to breathe and time to develop. By the end you may feel exhausted, hopefully exalted too; like climbing some great peak through fire and sulphur, snow and rain.
Enjoy the view, because their probably won’t be an album like this from Takeda for a while.
EDO is released on PaDhaNiSa Recordings.
released January 28, 2016
Produced by Josh Harrison
Written & Performed by Takeda