Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Sakamoto - Rain

After spending an inordinate amount of time looking for praiseworthy new music, I decided to throw in the towel. Sure there's great new stuff out there somewhere. Shrug. My answer: Sakamoto, 1987.

I don't know when or where, but this is a live performance of Rain (I Want a Divorce) by Ryiuchi Sakamoto, from the soundtrack of one of my favorite films, Bertolucci's 1987 film The Last Emperor. (IMHO, it's some of Sakamoto's finest work.)

A piano plays a relentless pounding stacato as a violin climbs one punctuated step at a time. Eventually everything breaks into a melancholic interlude, ebb and flow, until rain returns.


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