There is a word that describes TK’s singing voice which my dad used to use for a Spanish singer with an incredibly decadent singing voice and that is “la voz de seda” or translated to English from Spanish “a singing voice like silk“.
The fact that this rare singing voice exists from Toru Kitajima coupled with the accompanying background musical pieces that takes advantage of both modern music and classical music archetypes is noticeably remarkable. After all, TK uses classical instruments like the violin and the piano (both the electric keyboard piano and acoustic piano) alongside the electric/acoustic guitar, the bass guitar, the drums, and sometimes even other instruments. All of it is a mix of the old with the new. All these efforts result in rather elegant music.
This is quite a chilling juxtaposition when it is widely known that TK is part of edgy rock band, Ling Tosite Sigure. These two things just do not make any sense. The difference between TK from Ling Tosite Sigure and Ling Tosite Sigure is like night and day. Ling Tosite Sigure releases a lot of memorable music that usually leaves an impression but if you want to see a real sight you have to go beyond that with TK from Ling Tosite Sigure.
Toru Kitajima’s solo music has a more calming effect than Ling Tosite Sigure’s rather hardcore rock music. Soft. It also further embraces the piano and violin which really shines, at least, when it comes to TK’s Flowering and Fantastic Magic CD album releases.
His creativity is at work fully in his second album release with all his songs being all really memorable. It’s actually kind of crazy how amazing they all are.
While I was drawn into TK’s music mostly because of Psycho-Pass’s opening theme song Abnormalize and then with the Tokyo Ghoul opening, Unravel. I think Unravel left the most impression. When I first heard Abnormalize I could never get that amazing singing out of my mind. So that might be the reason why in early 2013 I kept listening to the anime only song in much too many loops. Although it was not until Unravel came out on the Tokyo Ghoul anime series that I looked into more music from Ling Tosite Sigure only to see this was TK’s solo work. Unravel was the song that made me know this type of music was something really special and actually wished for more which is probably why I first listened to most of the Fantastic Magic songs online. But since I was really struck by how good not only was Fantastic Magic but also Flowering which is his first album release. I finally gave into investing in the CDs.
For this Fantastic Magic CD album release. Fantastic Magic walks a fine line between rock music, pop music, and in a sense classical music. Showing TK might really be balancing three music ideas. In his second album release we have TK’s introductory Fantastic Magic being the crowning jewel which is a culmination of his usual Ling Tosite Sigure rock music and his more delicate singing. This song makes me feel reflective and nostalgic whenever I hear it.
Unravel. The song that started it all. The song have also dubbed “the emotional song”. Actually I do not find this song sad. Even so it does make me want to cry from the fierce and powerful emotional singing that TK injects into Unravel. Again it’s not that it is sad but rather it is so beautiful thus the crying.
All the other songs, of course, carry TK’s singing which is seriously what makes them all worthwhile. I mean his singing is beautiful and just to hear it is a real gift to a listener but when you have the accompanying music with many calming complexities to listen to something just clicks that TK’ s singing and his style of music is truly something special. Either way while I firmly know I love Ling Tosite Sigure’s music I do realize I love Toru Kitajima’s music far more. I really like the piano and violin seen so far and the soft, delicate singing.
My Personal Favorite Tracks from Fantastic Magic
2) Fantastic Magic
3) Kalei de scope
4) An artist
5) Shinkiro– It came as a surprise to listen and hear a young woman singing alongside Toru Kitajima. Such a sugary cute singing voice. Really adorable. Probably why it’s one of my favorites.
6) Dramatic Slow Motion (album version)
7) Spiral Parade
I mostly chose these as my favorite songs from Fantastic Magic because they have either a lot of energy or emotion that really affects me. These are also songs I could keep replaying or coming back to and never tire of them.
Fantastic Magic by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure [Regular Edition] CD
-Very sophisticated actual CD. Very surprised with the packaging. Scratch that. Not so much since did buy the Unravel CD single a while back and that also came in very nice-looking packaging
-Inserts or small booklet have some pretty images of organic vistas inside the CD album release
Fantastic Magic Musician Credits: TK on vocal and guitar. Hinatch also known as Hidekazu Hinata of Nothing’s Carved in Stone fame. BOBO on drums. Mamiko Hirai on piano. Honoka Sato on violin.
[Support musicians are usually subject to change in TK’s solo music project]
Other credits: Recorded and mixed by TK at Studio 4 & TUPPENCE HOUSE I’S STUDIO
Assisted by: Fumiaka Unehara except (M-1) mixed by TK and Kataoka Yasuhisa
Vocal (M-6) Recorded by Hideaki Ikawa at BURNISH STONE RECORDING STUDIOS.
Strings (M-10) recorded by Yu Aoki at STUDIO GREENBIRD.
Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound (M-1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10) / TK (M-3, 6, 8).
Final Master sequenced by Mitsuyasu Abe at Sony Music Studios Tokyo.
1. Fantastic Magic
3. Kalei de scope
4. An artist
7. Dramatic Slow Motion (album version)
8. Spiral Parade
*This review is available on Amazon.com in a much shorter version*
I am planning to review the Flowering CD+DVD Limited Edition album release by TK as well. It will be arriving by mail soon. Likely review in this same format.
TK-Toru Kitajima Music Artist Biography
TK’s Official Website: http://tkofficial.jp/
Find out More: Last.fm
Composer/Songwriter | Singer | Guitarist
From Ling Tosite Sigure to TK from Ling Tosite Sigure. A band who is remarked as possessing post-hardcore and progressive rock connections. TK’s real name is Toru Kitajima. He writes the lyrics and music to all of Ling Tosite Sigure‘s songs as well as for his solo work. When performing music in the band he provides lead vocals and plays the guitar. He also helps with sound engineering, mixing and mastering. In 2012, under the name TK from Ling tosite sigure, he released the solo album “Flowering”. “Fantastic Magic” is his second album release to this date.
Updated and Edited May 15. 2015