Ryuichi Sakamoto - async
May 5, 2017 10:28 AM   Subscribe

Ryuichi Sakamoto (previously) has released "async", his first solo album in eight years. To the NYT, Sakamoto says: “I actually thought it could be my last one. I just wanted to put down just what I wanted to hear. I wanted to hear sounds of everyday objects — even musical instruments — as things.” Karl Smith at The Quietus "finds a record concerned with the varied states of human life and a sprawling piece of music less fixated on the task of world building than the more daunting prospect of penetrating the complexities of our own universe." Full Youtube playlist from Milan Records.

Individual tracks:
1. andata
2. disintegration
3. solari
5. walker
6. stakra
7. ubi
8. fullmoon
9. async
10. tri
11. Life, Life
12. honj
13. ff
14. garden
posted by sapagan (11 comments total) 43 users marked this as a favorite
From the NYT piece:
For now, Mr. Sakamoto finds himself busy once again. “The big dream is to make an opera to premiere in 2019, and I’m going to do two soundtracks this year,” he said, his voice growing hoarse. He then added, “I’m trying to relax, but it’s hard.”
Seems that Sakamoto has no plans to retire (in any sense) yet. Let's hope for a lot of great music to come.
posted by sapagan at 10:42 AM on May 5, 2017 [1 favorite]

You should listen to async loud, or on good headphones. Lots of layers.
posted by Going To Maine at 10:47 AM on May 5, 2017

An interview by Aaron Coltate at Resident Advisor.
posted by Going To Maine at 10:49 AM on May 5, 2017 [1 favorite]

Surely many people were awaiting this.
posted by Dr Dracator at 11:11 AM on May 5, 2017

*breathes heavily*
posted by lumpenprole at 11:43 AM on May 5, 2017

I was having a bit of a down moment, and listening to this has helped considerably. Thanks for it.
posted by fmoralesc at 11:49 AM on May 5, 2017

Sakamoto's work on The Last Emperor score and his collaboration with David Sylvian on Secrets of the Beehive are two of my most treasured pieces of music. "Rain (I Want a Divorce)" . . . awwwyeah.
posted by Quaversalis at 11:53 AM on May 5, 2017 [2 favorites]

There's going to be a retrospective of films that Sakamoto scored (and acted in!) at the Quad Cinema in NYC later this month: see the lineup here.
posted by Awkward Philip at 12:58 PM on May 5, 2017 [1 favorite]

Huh. I'm a Sakamoto fan and an Almodóvar fan and I saw High Heels when it came out and I'd entirely forgotten that he scored it.
posted by octobersurprise at 1:27 PM on May 5, 2017

Thanks for the post, sapagan. Ryuichi Sakamoto holds a special place in my heart. I can't wait to listen to this later!
posted by LuckySeven~ at 3:57 PM on May 5, 2017

Really lovely album, thank you.
posted by nikoniko at 4:38 PM on May 5, 2017

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