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Dream

by Ken Sasaki

Dreamy electronica/ambient soundscape feautured electric Bass, double Bass, and guitars.
Genre: Electronic: Soundscapes
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1. Departure
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2. Angelique
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3. The Deep Sea
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4. Merry-Go-Round
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5. Gigi's Waltz
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6. Gong
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7. Gargoyle
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8. Into the Water
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9. Jaggy
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10. Beautiful You
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11. Numb
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12. Remember
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13. So Long
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Recorded during the first few months of 2004, "Dream" is a most appropriate title for the second solo CD from Japanese bassist/guitarist and composer Ken Sasaki.
A sublime instrumental soundtrack for that meditative interlude time between slumber and awakening, faculty and fantasy, "Dream" is an elusive sound excursion into a musical phantasmagoria where reality and reverie merge to form an alternate view.

Commenting on the instrumentation, Ken adds, "I played basses and guitars with spacy/ambient synth sequences. I wanted to mix opposite elements-machine sounds and acoustic human tones-like machine drums and double bass, synth and acoustic guitar. Some tunes are very abstract and some tunes are very simple and human. Those elements are mixed in the album like seeing dreams."

Ken's 2002 solo CD, "Tiki Moon" by Kenny Sasaki & The Tiki Boys, featured a composite of tropical/exotic sounds with vintage instruments and on "Dream" he takes a convincing musical step forward.
In the spirit of the surrealistic "Dream" album art by Ken's friend Hidenori Ishida, the accent here is on tranquil electronic soundscapes more reminiscent of Brian Eno and Ennio Morricone than the Hawaiian Isles.

Describing his musical mission on "Dream", Ken adds, "I recorded and mixed in my home studio by myself. The new album is a very private work. I made tunes like dream paintings on white canvases with musical instruments instead of brushes and a color box." Further reflecting on his most imaginative solo recording yet, Ken admits, "I like music that takes me to somewhere, some dimensions I haven't visited or experienced".

The extraterrestrial musical terrain may be intriguing, yet there's a haunting feeling of de-ja vu in play on "Dream", bringing you back home and yet again, to somewhere you've never quite been before.

Liner notes by Robert Silverstein
New York City, August 2004
Robert Silverstein is the reviews editor of 20th Century Guitar magazine and www.mwe3.com
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monk

wearing it out!
"Dream" has moved to the top of my collection of dreamy Electronica. There are two things that have made the difference with this addition. The use of the bass, both electronically and with an actual double bass or cello, sets a warm, soothing table upon which the melodies are laid. The mood is inviting, and while each cut is brief, the tempo is enough to raise your temperature a few degrees. The second characteristic is that each composition flows into the next culminating in a complete story. The themes present themselves easily and the compositions are clean. I have found myself carried away in appreciation of the simple melodies. I highly recommend "Dream" and you should give it a listen. On "Into The Water", cut #8, I'm trying to figure out the sampling of what sounds like clips from historic speeches by world leaders buried in a wonderful wall of sound setup. Maybe I'll discover this little secret with a few more tries. maybe never.

Remy C - LuMag

easy listening never had it so good...
This is a beautiful CD, more minimalistic than his first Tiki Moon, but richer and more textured. It's amazing how Ken's influences can range from French ball musette to Vegas martini lounge. There's never been anything like this before. This takes Exotica to a whole new level. Very modern, very cool, very smooth. There's a booming original music scene in Japan, and this is its new chopstick in the road. Brilliant. Nothing lost in translation here.

Bryon

Great stuff. Very liquid, lucid and dreamy.