For some time now since encountering the wonder that is TK from Ling Tosite Sigure music I have had a real struggle with trying to name what TK’s solo music falls under. Is it Rock? Yes. Yet, it holds other crossover genre stylings too not regularly seen all that much from other music artists or bands because like it or not, a lot, of bands & solo acts can always be classified into some type of genre. There isn’t a band/artist so out there that they cannot at least be classified into some type of genre. Except, TK from Ling Tosite Sigure. And there is no way I can bring myself to classify the music as alternative or alternative rock since after careful deliberation, that classification truly does stink of music marketing. And it’s funny because for years I was actually ok with labeling music like that but until you come across musicians you really appreciate, then things change. You start to realize the pointlessness of alternative and labeling music as such.
On the plus side, it was easy for me to define Ling Tosite Sigure as Rock or JRock if we are being specific. The same cannot be said about TK’s solo music under the name of TK from Ling Tosite Sigure. Music that is in a new genre of its own that showcases TK’s ease of fusing several genres such as Rock, Pop, Classical, and traces of Jazz-iness (thanks in part to Hinata Hidekazu of Nothing’s Carved in Stone) all in one.
This is something that can subtly be heard when TK performs in Ling Tosite Sigure but given, Ling Tosite Sigure’s three piece existence, it is something that is hard to be truly felt. Particularly taking into account that having three musicians must come with limitations.
I say this because if you really listen to Ling Tosite Sigure they are hardly doing anything different from one album to the next. The few exceptions being es or s, still a Sigure virgin?, and i’mperfect.
As such the style that coalesces for Ling Tosite Sigure is only ever Rock. Great, graceful Rock but if we are talking genres this is the one genre that reflects Ling Tosite Sigure best. So in a way, one could say that perhaps the emergence of TK from Ling Tosite Sigure is an expansion of the band’s musical direction if that were to be possible but in a more multi-faceted form. One that is both similar and not similar to Ling Tosite Sigure.
Similar in the sense that sometimes you encounter heavy guitar solos in TK from Ling Tosite Sigure, certainly, that penchant Ling Tosite Sigure energy is there but then you have the rest of the moments in his music that give it a different flavor. All this helped in part by the assistance of 4 other support musicians, at the minimum. And that is when you know TK from Ling Tosite Sigure is not entirely Ling Tosite Sigure nor is it Ling Tosite Sigure Pop (for that see es or s) for that matter.
Regardless, if TK’s solo music is recognized as experimental rock (the experimental term merely to represent the fusions of various genres besides rock) or JRock matters little when it is without a doubt occupying a sphere of its own. And to that, we have Ling Tosite Sigure to thank. Certainly, Ling Tosite Sigure, gave birth to the foundation of TK from Ling Tosite Sigure.
References: While doing some “research” into how others perceive Ling Tosite Sigure and TK from Ling Tosite Sigure I came to the conclusion that with my upcoming music reviews it is important to assign certain stated values to how I classify music genres. As such I’ll be working diligently on music genre classifications for the blog. This soon-to-be unveiled classification system will form the basis for my music reviewing on the blog. Oh, and I’ll also be continuing the Jukebox Corner.
IMPORTANT: Originally I had pinned down TK’s solo music as world rock but came to the conclusion that perhaps due to how people see the term in an unappealing way, I turned tactics instead. Settling on his solo work being experimental rock. Experimental actually describes TK’s solo activities pretty well and not only that, but it actually reflects the different genre styles present in his music all in one per song. Though I do realize despite my whole stress about this matter, somehow, it is unavoidable that music labels will still have to likely market his music as simply Rock or JRock. Which is fine because at its core TK’s music is still very Rock based. Not to mention they would need a genre to latch onto, so as to market his astounding music.