Tentenko – Tabekko Land | ALBUM REVIEW


Release Date: March 20th, 2016
Format: CD-R
Number of Editions (1): Regular Edition
Genre: Experimental / Electronic

Variousness and melodies are the strong points in Tentenko’s “Tabekko Land”

It’s pretty clear to everyone that Tentenko is someone who genuinely loves to record. Conveying her abstract view of the world by experimenting with Electronic sonorities and minimal sounds, the ex-BiS member has been releasing albums at a frantic pace since the beginning of her solo career, to the point where it’s almost hard to keep track of everything she does. Just to make an example, since my review of the minimalist Aka to Kuro, she released two new records within two weeks: Tabekko Land is one of these.

This new effort follows the approach of the previous album by featuring more accessible sonorities (yet still far from friendly) and improved by a slightly better care in recording. Whereas Aka to Kuro was basically composed by tracks recorded in one take with a Casiotone, Tabekko Land brings a clearer layering and progression of sounds, without abandoning the linear structure typical of the Tentenko compositions. Which means she still has no idea what breaks are, but that’s fine in the end.

What makes Tabekko Land interesting is the presence of various and overlapping sonorities, featuring elements that create interesting atmospheres and give clear identity to each track: Particularly remarkable moments are the soothing melodies and shiny bits of AWA CRAZY DANCE, the almost comical vibe of Suzume, and the insidious resonant bass of Cassiopeia. Still, despite the generally light mood brought by these tracks, Tentenko took the time to squeeze a few instrumentally-focused and distorted numbers here and there, in particular the haunting space-ish vibes of Jikū no yugami – turning a good day into a bad one in the blink of an eye – and the noisy Denshi Chūgoku.

Tabekko Land is a record that showcases various sounds, and makes a good job in giving a clear identity to each track, benefitting from various elements that makes it repeat-worthy. Due to the nature of this music, it’s obviously far from something enjoyable by everyone, but I found myself listening to this record more constantly than any other work Tentenko has done so far.

Vote: 7 / 10


01. Jikū no Yugami
03. Cassiopeia
04. Denshi chūgoku
05. Suzume
06. Neko no Bed
07. Toropikaru Jinga

– Alex