Dark Model Will Take Us On His “Saga” With Upcoming Album
Dark Model is the latest project of award-winning music producer Tatsuya Oe, focused on epic, emotional, and beat-oriented, orchestral electronic music. Oe was born in Hiroshima, Japan, and is now residing in New York. Oe has an exceedingly diverse background in music, which has continued to evolve over the course of his 20-year career. He has released several hundred signature tracks under the names Captain Funk, OE, and Dark Model, while also having completed remixes and collaborative projects with other artists such as James Brown, Serge Gainsbourg, Ron Sexsmith, Chic, Simon Lebon, and Yoshihide Otomo.
The music of Dark Model is based on a concept that Oe has unvaryingly embraced throughout his career; incorporating a diverse range of musical ideas and elements into what he calls “Musical Narratives.” As can be heard in preceding releases such as Captain Funk’s “Songs of the Siren,” chosen as “The Year in Music” by Billboard magazine, Oe has a keen interest in “building and telling an imaginary story through music.”
In this album, Saga, not only does the whole album form as one epic story consisting of thematic tracks (as represented by the adventurous “Avalon,” “Survivors,” the apocalyptic and uplifting “Rage and Redemptions,” “Danse Macabre,” and the introspective “Dawn of Resurrection”), but some tracks such as “Inferno Suite,” “Storm Goddess,” and “Elegy 1” are also composed as a self-contained “suite,” a sequence of short musical dramas. Oe likens his production style to making an animated film/anime. Just as a director/animator would do “visually,” he develops several characters, emotions, and actions “musically” into a one-time work. Dark Model’s upcoming album Saga is set to drop on March 24, 2017.
For the artwork of this album, Oe came up with an idea of creating Dark Model’s Kamon (Japanese heraldic symbol/brand) based on the real emblem of his family. In the era of feudalism, Kamon was heavily used to identify an individual or family, not only in peacetime, but also in wartime. It worked as the most definitive and effective way of tightening their family bond (including their blood, root, and creed) and demonstrating the strength and authenticity to their enemy.