kenji kawai

Another release immediately heading to the top of our bulging wants list, this is Kenji Kawai’s outstanding score for the classic 90’s sci-fi anime ‘ghost in the shell’. Released through the we release whatever the fuck we want imprint, now there’s a name i suspect you can trust, this soundtrack finally gets its debuting vinyl pressing, available in two variants, the standard album package and a deluxe collector’s edition that features the album, a bonus 7 inch in foil gilt sleeve, OBI strips and a twenty-four paged liner notes booklet. As to the soundtrack itself, a beautifully morphing listening experience that fuses traditional sonic values that utilise archaic choral harmonies, chants and traditional folk motifs with futuristic electronic tailoring in order to craft something both classical and modernist which hitherto simultaneously creates a score that retains an affecting timeless spirit, this timeless effect is probably best exemplified by the opening salvo ‘making of cyborg’ in which Kawai uses a choir to chant a wedding song in an ancient Japanese tongue, really is something else.


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