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Susumu Hirasawa – The Man Climbing the Hologram (2015)

hologWhen I reviewed In a Model Room I had planned for it to be just the first of many articles about key P-Model/Susumu Hirasawa albums. But there are just so many good ones – to start on that path would be like writing a novel. Granted it’s a novel very much worth writing, but as you can see, I get sidetracked easily. So I’m just going to skip to the end. The thing is that Hirasawa is at a strange spot at this point in his career. I’ve had this sense ever since his excellent 2006 album Byakkoya that there is just nothing left for him to prove anymore. It was yet another realization of a sound he’d been chasing since the mid-80’s, something that was epic and incredibly melodic; the full skillset of the Zolo Technopop Goofball porting over to the symphonic world in pretty much the best possible way.
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Playlist: One hour of Susumu Hirasawa

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A few months back I was asked to put together an hour-long Susumu Hirasawa mix for a radio show.  Of course I can’t say no to that, as helping others discover Hirasawa’s music is kind of a life goal of mine.  But it’s incredibly difficult to condense the man’s work into just an hour – he’s been active for four decades, he still releases new albums on a yearly basis, and worst of all they’re pretty much all great.  Naturally I drifted towards some kind of “career retrospective” that would track the important points in Hirasawa’s evolution, but that is way too complex a story to tell in only an hour.  Besides, it’s kind of a boring idea.  I guess I could try to put together the best hour or so of music I could, but there is just no way to do that either – hell, I once tried to put together a fake Hirasawa four-disc anthology and still couldn’t get everything I wanted to in.  So instead I framed it this way – if I only had an hour to convince someone to become a fan of this guy, what songs would I play?  Obviously I’d have to showcase his diversity, playing enough different styles in the hopes that a few of them would land.  I wound up sticking to a one-song-per-album rule too, just to help prune it down a bit.  I’m proud of this playlist, but it’s merely a sampler; not necessarily his best work or most famous, but I think it’s a list that represents what Hirasawa is all about.

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