Pulse of Defiance

Yoshinori Hayashi - Pulse of Defiance
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2021 Ratings: #198 / 347
User Score
Based on 36 ratings
Liked by 3 people
April 9, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Breakbeat, IDM / Genres
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It feels heavily improvised, and it sometimes comes out a little untasteful or out of control. But apart from that, "Pulse of Defiance" serves a varied, rich, and atmospheric palette of eery synths, weird percussive lines, and a whole lot of meditative, hypnotic styles.
Callapse - 4/5
Make up One’s Mind - 3/5
Luminescence - 3/5
Touch - 0/5
Twilight - 1/5
Go With Us - 2/5
Morning Haze - 3/5
Frequency - 0/5
Flow - 3/5
Shut Up - 3/5
Gallop - 3/5
I Believe in You - 4/5
I think most of this has got to do with the element of surprise that this album brings. This is not all over the place but it's rather organizing different places into one. After one track finished, I get all giddy thinking about what's next and then still really be surprised at how creative some of the production style were. Highlights are definitely Touch and Shut Up.
Fantastic blend of IDM, House, Ambient and Dub. ‘Touch’ is the obvious standout and centrepiece track on here but there really is so much to get stuck into and enjoy. Yoshinori seems just as comfortable firing out club bangers as he does crafting atmospheric soundscapes and it makes for an incredibly satisfying record that rewards repeat listens.

As a slight negative I think some fat could be trimmed from the track listing and there is scope to lose 5-10 minutes from the runtime. ... read more
Great second album from Hayashi. Solid blend of genres and styles here, from breakbeat to jazz to ambient to dance. "Touch" is already one of my favorite songs of the year and I can see other tracks on this record ("Morning Haze", "Shut Up", "I Believe in You") making their way up that list too.
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Added on: February 10, 2021