Through The Looking Glass has a minimalist artistry, that immerses the density of a very superior, but exceedingly personal style of music, that foretells the juxtaposition of a story that is told through the lines and boundaries of an eternal solitary wind. A wind that had its shape converted as a colorful sound, and has converted again into music by the prodigal abilities of the incredibly audacious and talented musician that Midori Takada revealed herself to be. In a meritorious destitution of serene, but splendid sound collision, that exposes on the boundaries of its own principles and foundations the serenity of a conception that goes deep into the soul of the music, Midori Takada, on this album, revealed an omnipresent conscious side of music, that only a very serene, unpretentious and meditative spirit can decipher properly. In another words, this is art, taken to a higher level, where everything could be intensified, possibly achieve a status of perfection, and eventually another universe would be immediately ignited, to trespass our own, and all of this would be deeply absorbed as a sincere redemption, generated inside the invisible lines of forgetfulness instilled at the plain of perceptions.
But the music of Midori Takada is a lot more than that. Profoundly calm, sincere, serene and vividly compelling, it is full of embraces, colors and nuances, perfectly punctuated by a sense of tenacity and solicitude, that adapts itself to the sensibility of the listener. Opening a soft conflagration of new and unexpected sonorous metaphysical elaborations, Through The Looking Glass dismantles all ordinary conformities of music, to create something even more dynamic, although the softness that predominates throughout the whole album transmits a sense of security, compassion and completeness that renovates the appreciation that you feel concerning this work, as the album progresses, and walks through the end.
Severe, but flexible at the same time, the sound throughout the whole album remains constant, but its subtle rhythmic deviations, little by little, give cohesion to the work, and a powerful identity, that consistently conforms the shape of the sound to a very solid and artistic ground.
Finally, Through The Looking Glass is a state of the art work, although a very different one. This album really has to be felt, all the way through, and, as you listen, you really can feel the music expanding boundaries inside your soul. A major obscure classic of Japanese contemporary music, this album is a fundamental milestone, extremely necessary for understanding the evolution of traditional eastern music, in a modern musical context.