“Tatsuya Oe has created one of the best electronic music efforts in recent memory and easily one of the most grandiose and memorable of 2014. The fact that his self-titled album as Dark Model is merely a debut should be nothing short of intimidating to all other producers within the world of EDM. (Score: 9.5/10)”
Brian Lion, Under The Gun Review
"Dark Model’s self-titled album offers up an electronic sound like no other. The symphonic experience is one of a kind as Dark Model provides listeners with an orchestral theme on 16 cuts. (5 out of 5 stars Final Grade: A)”
Kyle Jarmon, Examiner.com
“This disc really surprised me. It’s not exactly my kind of music. This album, though, just blew me away. In fact, it’s likely to make my best of 2014 list. I’m pretty impressed with this. It works really well and is a great ride.”
G. W. Hill, Music Street Journal
"As the album comes to its end, it’s clear that Dark Model is a rarity - ambitious in its attempt to fuse cinematic scores with up-to-the-minute dub aesthetics, and overall it’s successful in what it has set out to do."
Chris Marsh, Skopemag.com
"What really sets Oe apart from his electronic peers is his originality. He creates a sound that cannot be compared to any artist who has come before him. Surely emerging artists will try to emulate Dark Model’s sound, but Oe brings a complexity to his work that is interesting and irresistible. (5 out of 5)"
Laurie Fanelli, VeggieFans.net
“Dark Model rides that wave the way a knight would ride into battle. Tatsuya Oe, the brain behind the name, and also known as DJ Captain Funk, blends cinematic orchestrations with new edged electronic music to create music with an intensity that few could achieve.”
Victor Alfieri, Wordkrapht.com
“Crossing genres is tricky to do and be taken seriously, but Dark Model is an example of how it sounds when you do it right. There is an obvious appreciation of diverse musical backgrounds in every track on the album with a flair for the heroic that can unironically be described with terms like “soundscape”. It’s music that truly transports the listener.”
Scott Wilson, Quipmag.com
"If you want electronic music with depth, this is it."
Kimberly Jeong, DJZ.com
Dark Model’s first full album is a spine-tinglingly epic and relentlessly bold odyssey of sounds & beats consisting of futuristic and edgy orchestral electronica from Tatsuya Oe (Captain Funk), an electronic music master who was born in the land of Godzilla and Kurosawa, now residing in Gotham City.
The basic concept of Dark Model is to make a kind of “Instrumental Narrative” by incorporating a diverse range of musical ideas and elements which Tatsuya has achieved throughout his career. As heard in his past works such as “Songs of the Siren” which was acclaimed by Billboard magazine, Tatsuya has had strong interest in “building and telling a story through music.” However, it is striking that he features much more cinematic elements and orchestral arrangements in this new project than he did previously. He even brings in a touch of traditional Japanese music and culture which he grew up with and was so inspired by, as you can hear in “Prayer for the New Moon” and see in the song titles of “Onibi (Demon Fire)” and “Ran” which means “Resistance” in Japanese.
While Dark Model’s music may be on some common ground with film scores, his priority with his project is to make music which stands on its own, not as subordinate to any specific visual or motion elements.
The opening cut “Dance of Wrath”, “Fate”, “Onibi”, and “Judgment Day” walk the line of EDM (Electronic Dance Music), i.e. Dubstep / Drumstep or Electro Funk, while there are so many other musical elements woven together that they can’t be simply pigeonholed as such. Intense orchestral tunes such as “Close to Infinity” and “Ran”, and an uplifting symphonic Trance “Hope Is Never Gone” incorporate the formula of modern dance music and emotional dynamism as heard in Hollywood film soundtracks, yet taking into the next level.
Epic pieces like “Broken Arrows” and “I Will Return”, inspirational & psychedelic “Candle in the Desert”, and atmospheric traditional Japanese soundscape “Prayer for the New Moon” embody the concept of storytelling music. Psychedelic industrial tracks “Double Cross” and “Abandoned” are throwbacks to soundtracks of the 60s & 70s suspense movies.
Since the launch of the project in May 2012, Dark Model’s music has been licensed and featured in numerous media projects, including Box Office film promos / trailer for films such as “Elysium”, “The Paperboy”, in Verizon “Droid” TV commercial, and in advertising campaigns for Lexus, Oakley, KFC, and many more.
(All 16 tracks are NEW MIXES)
1. Dance of Wrath (Ikari No Mai) 1:38
2. Fate 3:03
3. Close to Infinity 5:17
4. Broken Arrows 3:54
5. Onibi (Demon Fire) 2:56
6. Hope Is Never Gone 4:36
7. Candle in the Desert 3:39
8. Ran (Resistance) 2:19
9. Double Cross 4:14
10. Prayer for the New Moon 2:52
11. Moment of Truth 2:53
12. Judgment Day 3:15
13. Abandoned 2:27
14. I Will Return 5:17
15. Farewell to the Moon 2:41
16. Oath (Dubstep Remix) 4:23
Bonus track: Oath (2014 Original Mix)