OMG they are finally available on my Spotify (as "Ling tosite sigure"). Every single/album except for "DIE Meets HARD" and #5. Spotify signing contract with SME is finally showing results in terms of getting more Japanese artists available overseas.
Chocolate Passion sounds promising for the new release. As said by some, recent releases have agreeably been a little sub-par as has TK's recent solo work imo. But little glimpses like these certainly make me believe that Ling hasn't lost its creative control just yet.
#5 isn't the best album in their discography (I like the first and last songs, middle three not so much) but it's good enough for me. Gonna import it once I figure out what other CDs I want off Amazon JP and save on bundled shipping.
Nevermind. I think I know what TK's solo music is in terms of genre. It's closest to being experimental rock. Apparently bands like Radiohead (which I love) have increasingly blended other musical genres such as electronica, jazz, and classical for some of their more experimental rock albums. Makes sense really because I recently found out that TK occasionally uses an acoustic-electric guitar when he plays music. Meaning he's really attempting to push the boundaries of common performance techniques.
I neither agree or disagree. Sure while I don't really have anything against the label JRock. I understand why it exists. If some wish to use it, well, it is still perfectly reasonable considering nobody can deny Ling Tosite Sigure's music originates from Japan. I mean the lyrics, obviously. Though I have played their music in a classroom and I will tell you this: everyone for a moment wasn't even aware it was being sung in an entirely different language. Sort of had to mention the music was being sung in Japanese to my fellow peers at the time. :) Ha, the power of music. Breaching across those language barriers (though that is not to say any one is trying to globalize their music). Their music is fine the way it is. BTW: Let's not be so harsh. It's important to note that even anime fans are regular people and they definitely have other interests besides anime. That is only one label.
Oh boy, look at the stupidity the anime fanbase has brought to Ling. Jrock is a trivial label, it doesn't describe any characteristics of the music other than it's country of origins. Dir en Grey and Malice Mizer are also considered Jrock, yet they have nothing in common with Ling or each other in terms of music.
OK, I agree with your reasoning shermachine and wesurii. I'm sorry if I came across too strong. All I wanted was for TK's solo work to be seen as more than just one genre or Sigure. Though I guess it can only been seen as different to an extent considering, yeah, TK is the creative force behind it. Thanks for your insights. I enjoyed reading them.