Sunday, 17 June 2018

I'm Not A Gun ‎– We Think As Instruments (2006)

Style: Downtempo, IDM, Post Rock
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: City Centre Offices ‎– Towerblock CD 033

01.   Soft Rain In The Spring
02.   Ripples In The Water
03.   Move
04.   Long Afternoon
05.   A Letter From The Past
06.   Rush Hour Traffic
07.   Unseen Moment
08.   Blue Garden
09.   As Far As Forever Goes
10.   Continuous Sky

Bass, Sarod, Written-By – Takeshi Nishimoto
Drums, Bass, Written-By, Producer, Mixed By – John Tejada
Guitar – John Tejada (tracks: 4, 9, 10), Takeshi Nishimoto
Mastered By – Lupo
Design – Artificial Duck Flavour
Photography By – Mark Oxley

Following the release of 'Our Lives On Wednesdays' it was hard to see where the ever prolific John Tejada and Takeshi Nishimoto could take their I'm Not A Gun Project... Yet rather than being precipitated by a lack of ideas, the potential stale-mate arose through their combined talents having given birth to an almost perfect album. We assure you; hyperbole doesn't even come into this. So what have they gone and done with 'We Think As Instruments'? Played a f*cking blinder, that's what. Adopting an approach which sees Tejada's white-hot programming skills coming more to the fore, 'We Think As Instruments' allows a fluid exchange between a spectrum of electronics and traditional instrumentation that is both utterly exhilarating and intuitively reciprocal. Opening with 'Soft Rain In Spring', Tejada and Nishimoto cast a web of digital filament which revels in its own fragility, before a exhalation of humid bass, chiming guitars and live drumming coalesce into a svelte piece of music that has real force despite its semi-skimmed constituents. Downing some high-protein aural fodder, 'Ripple In The Water' emerges from some gorgeous piano and fizzing electronics to deliver a striking sermon on the power of instrumental music, with staccato rhythms whipping a frenzied peak from a muted palate (think Mogwai but forced to ditch their scarred-sky operatics). Elsewhere, 'Blue Garden' displays Nishimoto's sublime finger-skills through a beautiful swirl of creamy instrumentation, 'Continuous Sky' refracts what sounds like distant vocals through a faraday's cage of buzzing static and broiling drums, whilst 'Rush Hour Traffic' is the sound of a hard-drive caught in a summer cloud burst. Shotgun!
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