The ever elusive Toshiyuki O’mori, is my artist for the month. His hauntingly tragic yet beautiful music weaves a story like no other to the listener. While I have been unable to find much information of this instrumental artist, his use of mixing modern electronica, piano, classical violin and orchestra mesmerizes me into a deeply woven and intricate story that plays in my mind over and over again.
The album which I have had on repeat all month, was written as an OST for the Japanese Graphic Novel ‘Shingetsutan Tsukihime’. If you’re not a big fan of manga and/or anime, you might not see it’s amazing limitless ability to go where no other stories can go. Uninhibited by political correctness, pain towards destraction, characters with seemingly over the top personalities, some anime’s such as this one really do test how far a story can really go. Without the boundaries of what live action film can do, they can create worlds unimaginable. They are not just cartoons, I mean how could they be childish with powerful songs like these to help tell their stories. There are many animes and managas (graphic novels) with great mature depth that examine the many facets of human nature.
Listening to Toshiyuki O’mori’s music, I imagine a ballet dancing around me, of unrequited love, of sacrifice. I love music that stirs something in me, that tells a story, and the whole album had me imagining of worlds far beyond my own. From tracks that make you thing of falling such as ‘Selected Moon’, or the epic war of ‘Justice’, to the softer, more subtle meanings that soar clearly through ‘Vain’ , ‘Prayer’, ‘Pale Moon, and ‘Crescent’, the album offers an insight that will make you cry, mourn and in the end sense triumph as the story ends.
Here are some excerpts of his album here. Close your eyes and be taken away by emotional revery. I am in love with his music. I hope you’ll love it too. Enjoy 🙂