Tetsu Inoue, Yolo

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The latest effort from Japanese electronic composer Tetso Inoue is made up of mere whiskers of sound. The songs are skeletal and deceptively simple: small pinpricks of electronics twinkle across dark empty space, haunting and serene. Inoue is a master of small gesture; each of the songs on Yolo is made up of just a few elements, but Inoue knows how to place them in a way that makes them sound mighty and imposing. A single band of sound (an orchestra tuning? The slowed-down sound of a busy intersection?) stretches across the center of "Remote", and though it's only a tiny cluster of notes Inoue makes it sound as vast and as bright as the Milky Way. Yolo is gorgeous, stirring music, another fine entry in the catalog of a master.