With original copies fetching well over £100 on Discogs, rumours concerning a reissue of Through The Looking Glass, the ambient masterpiece from Midori Takada, have been causing quite a stir online. A one-time member of the Mkwaju Ensemble, Takada’s percussive timbres and hypnotic phrases were born out of a fascination with African and Asian rhythms. From an opener paying tribute to French post-impressionist Henri Rousseau to the loping, repetitive melodies of A2’s ‘Crossing’, her vivid arrangements captivate like little else.
The reissue has been confirmed for 2017 via the imaginatively titled Swiss label WRWTFWW and to mark the occasion Takada is set to embark on a tour next Spring. Dates confirmed so far include an appearance at Glasgow’s Counterflows festival alongside the likes of Mark Ernestus and an intimate evening at London’s Cafe OTO.
Midori Takada plays Cafe OTO on April 11th 2017 – buy tickets here.