Japanese Electronic Music otherworldly being, Dugo, offers a minimal flow of highly experiential consciousness over a remarkable musical journey through time and space over ‘Lingua Franca’. The album opens with the immediate effect of a meditative trance inflicted into listeners over “Sunburst”, which slowly gathers momentum that evokes thoughts of luminosity and chromatic color. As the music slowly builds, listeners become more enveloped in the entrancing sound and warm embrace of Dugo’s vocals.
The album’s second track, “The Sun and a Dusty Road” introduces listeners to a buildup of emotion over richly detailed, vivid and vast harmony packaged with high-quality textures and sounds. Slowing down over the third track, “Gliding Bird”, Dugo soars into a realm of the sublime to gain a deep understanding with a warm and rich tone that is bewitching to the minds and ears of electronic gurus around the globe. Adding a touch of melancholic strumming that transforms the mood into a darker sound form, a classical touch of strings over “Sol Poniente” is laced with deep intention and a feel of bossa nova that emanates transcendence in musical form.
Rightfully entitled, the album’s sixth track, “Momentum”, gradually leads listeners to the doorway of their consciousness over delightful instrumentals that set the tone for soul searching deep with a flush of love deep within the unknown. ‘Lingua Franca’ closes with “Ruin”, that is a beautiful fusion of downtempo, lush and romantic instrumentation that emits an exotic feel that leaves listeners in anticipation for what’s next to come from Japanese musical deity, Dugo.
Dugo is certainly an out of the ordinary creature existing beyond the intention of commercial success while exercising his remarkable music abilities in an innovative manner that captures listeners and elevates his own understanding along the way. ‘Lingua Franca’ is a musical masterpiece.
‘Lingua Franca’ score: 5/5