The unearthly minimalism of Logan Takahashi

What happens when 50% of Teengirl Fantasy goes solo.

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Teengirl Fantasy’s Logan Takahashi recently stepped up his game with NoGeo, a debut solo album that will have you reminiscing in your dreams. The minimal aesthetics and glassy uniformity of NoGeo make his music as much a branch of the Teengirl Fantasy tree as a whole new individuality. Each track has its own distinct shape, slowly rising and falling, chiefly composed using Elektron Monomachine. Following the release party in NYC, Glamcult hit up Logan for a short Q&A.

We see a lot of platforms trying to define your album, but faltering because it’s so inclusive and varied. How would you define the album in all its entity? 

For me I can say that I wanted to release music that feels like it’s coming from a real place, and also subverts or develops electronic music vocabularies. It’s hard to always be able to explicitly define how others should interpret your music. Through releasing music with Teengirl over the years I’ve found that even if you have a specific meaning in your head about what a piece is about, people will always draw their own meanings, which can be kind of fun.

You must’ve had some musical ideas that didn’t fit with Teengirl Fantasy. How did NoGeo come into play? 

The album is a collection of tracks spanning about three years in the making; a lot of these I started as just for myself. I think during the first half of TGF I always had another outlet for solo work, as I was simultaneously studying electronic music composition in school. I’ve wanted to make a proper solo statement for a while, and maybe it took not having the outlet of school to get me to finally do it right.

Did you take Teengirl Fantasy influences onto the album?

Yes, they’re all musical branches from the same tree.

Press Shot - Logan Takahashi Photo Credit - Erez Avissar

THUMP stated in an article that the album’s name is a reference to Japanese artist Ryvichi Sakamote, and there are vocal samples taken from Romanian folk songs. Could you elaborate on fusing global genres? 

My reference is to Sakamoto’s album NeoGeo, on which he fused western and eastern forms of music. It’s less of a direct aesthetic reference as it is a nod to the musical outlook of transcending boundaries.

It could be said that the songs sound like variations on the same minimalistic uniformity. How do they correspond and differ from each other, how do you connect to them?

All of the tracks kind of started as Etudes or exercises for myself, sort of as a way to flex my voice. One thing that ties all the tracks together is their sense of counterpoint and multiple melodic lines interacting with one another. I also like to treat ‘the grid’ as a reference point and see how far I can nudge things off of it before it totally careens off.

What are the most important things NoGeo should express? 

Some kind of transcendence or becoming, hopefully.

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By Michelle Janssen

Photography: Erez Avissar