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Saga

by Dark Model

More progressive, melodious, and dramatic. This second album takes the audience on an epic high-energy journey through 13 tracks of massive electronic beats with intricately layered orchestral sound.
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2. Avalon
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3. Rage and Redemption
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4. Survivors
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5. Inferno Suite
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6. Labyrinth
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7. Storm Goddess
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8. Danse Macabre
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9. Elegy 1
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10. Dawn of Resurrection
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11. Rage and Redemption (No Choir Mix)
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12. Inferno Suite (No Choir Mix)
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13. Danse Macabre (No Choir Mix)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
NEWS: April 2018, "Saga” won the 16th Annual Independent Music Award (IMA) for Best Dance/Electronica Album.

"Unleash Your Inner Hero"

Dark Model is back with more progressive, melodious, and dramatic orchestral electronica. Following the highly-acclaimed first album, which was nominated for the 14th Independent Music Awards, "Saga,” this 2nd album, takes the audience on an epic high-energy journey through 13 tracks of massive electronic beats with intricately layered symphonic sound. It jumpstarts an awakening to your soul and will continue to resonate for years to come.

- "Saga" Album reviews -

"Seriously. You gotta hear this."
(Johnny Taylor, The Huffington Post, Score: 4.5/5)

“Saga is a brilliant, visual-inspiring composition by an electronic master. It takes you on a thrilling adventure with danger, mystery, and majesty all while using modern techno to amp up the adrenaline. If you’re looking for more out of electronic music than five-second loops and bass drops, dig into Dark Model. There’s a whole other universe to explore.” (Jon C. Ireson, Music News)

“‘Saga’ is a universal work of art that will no doubt be universally enjoyed; it has no country, no ethnicity, no age, no era, no genre.”(Susie9mm, MIRP411)

“The record speaks on invincibility, it deals with the basic human desire to succeed and to be bulletproof, and with Saga, Dark Model is bulletproof.” (Marie Flounoy, The 405)

“Oe is clearly a genius when it comes to music that shouldn’t work well together becoming something quite enjoyable and inspiring.” (Jon Niles, Gig Soup Music)

“What a clash on differences yet when you finally listen to the finish product, boy, you cannot help but be blown away at how beautifully he can make it work.” (Aaron Escobedo, Verge Campus)

“Powerful and engaging, Dark Model has fastened a makeshift of fantastical elements, providing both real and unreal details into this sweeping and highly charged conceptual album.” (My Nguyen, The Celebrity Cafe)

“You’ve watched epic sagas on the big screen with songs that played in the background as the hero saved the girl or the good guys battled to save the lives of everyone. You’ve felt that power, and that power is something you can feel when you listen to Dark Model. It’s like an epic adventure for your ears.” (Yvonne Glasgow, Beat Dot Media)

“On “Saga,” fans of both orchestral music and dance floor anthems will unite as this album does a masterful job at combining both genres seamlessly together. At times, there will be an epic, over-the-top choir that is filled with intense emotions and at other times, the pulsating beats will have the listener swaying to the infectious rhythms.” (Isiah Reyes, Enter The Venture)

“‘Survivors’ is one of Saga’s lead singles and features a compelling cross between electronic and classical music to create a world around Oe’s aural landscape. It’s a scintillating movement capable of weaving characters and a setting into place within the mind’s eye as you listen.” (Jonathan Frahm, For Folk’s Sake)

“Oe merges the dramatic and cinematic sweep of orchestral music with the enthusiastically rhythmic and dancy effusion of electronica on the 13 robust and rousing tracks that comprise Saga. The single Survivors showcases Oe’s adept merging of these two supposedly disparate genres into one entrancing whole.” (Jen Dan, Indie Music Review)

“Picture yourself with a bag of skittles and you pour every single color inside of your mouth so that you can taste the rainbow. This is the same thing but happening through your speakers.” (JourneyThroughTheHorizons, We Sound Strange)

“We immediately sense a new different sound from award-winning music producer Tatsuya Oe as he states this album focuses more on epic, emotional, and beat-oriented orchestral electronic music.” (Harrison Morgan, EDM Sauce)

“Dark Model’s music will make you want to suit up for some form of ultimate fantasy battle with orcs and wizards and hordes of dark elves.” (Substream Magazine)

- About Dark Model -

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 twenty-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. Music journalists have referred to Oe as the “Remix Wizard,” and the “Modern Renaissance Man,” “…sailing into the uncharted waters of dance music.” Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) described his music as “F***ing insane!”

Dark Model’s first album (2014) was nominated for the 14th Annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs) in the Dance/Electronica Album category. Dark Model and Oe’s music has been featured in numerous media projects, from box office film trailers like “Elysium”, “The Paperboy”, and "Money Monster," to advertising campaigns for Lexus, Verizon "Droid," Xbox "Forza Motorsport 5", and to a contemporary dance choreography by Northern Ballet.

- "Musical Narratives” -

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 a 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 music production style to making an animated film. Just as one director/animator would do “visually,” he develops several characters, emotions, and actions “musically” into one time-based work. While it is striking that Dark Model’s music features much more cinematic elements and orchestral arrangements than he did previously, it could be said that Oe continues to push forward the concept of “Musical Narratives” under this new project. Unlike so-called “scores,” his priority with Dark Model is to create music which stands on its own (like pop music does) and tells a story, not as subordinate to any specific visual or motion elements.

About the Artwork

For the artwork of this album, Oe came up with an idea of creating Dark Model's Kamon (Japanese heraldic symbol/icon/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. Oe thought using the "evolved" Kamon for the artwork would be meaningful for representing the theme of this album as well as his identity as an artist. Under the concept, Oe's design team morphed and developed his Kamon substantially into the modern symbol.



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529turtles

Epic adventure for ears
Dark Model's "Saga" blew me away at how each track weaves a symphonic story beautifully and the album, as a whole, constructs an "epic adventure for ears." But don't get me wrong. This music differs a lot from something like film scores or new agey symphonic music as it clearly stands on electronic dance grooves. In that sense, tracks like "Rage and Redemption," "Survivors," and "Storm Goddess" showcase eloquently how unique the music of Dark Model is.
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SoundLover2017

Saga is a rush!!
What a rush it is to listen to this new album by Dark Model, aka Tatsuya Oe and Captain Funk. The name alone sets the tone for such an epic piece of conceptual art. All of the tracks are stellar, but a few stood out as my favorites.
The second track, “Avalon”, opens with a tango of low brass and high woodwinds before establishing a bombastic section of sustained melodic fanfare. I could definitely hear this being used in a film trailer.
The third track on the Saga album, “Rage and Redemption”, starts with some nice bass riffs and leads into a sequence of epic choral motifs that provide a feeling of larger-than-life emotions. My imagination had me envisioning an interstellar battle where a good entity gets justice over an evil antagonist.
“Survivors” has more of an overlying melodic line than the first few tracks and almost reminds me of a modern take on the nostalgic epic film or television soundtracks of great shows like “Charlie’s Angels” or “Wonder Woman” where montage battles kept viewers excited and wanting more.
I love the finale, “Dawn of Resurrection”. It begins with reflective synthesizer sequences before wrapping up with a curtain call of all of the elements used in the other selections such as soaring choral sections and heroic melodies from the full orchestra before an understated and beautiful piano ending.
This is one of the best electronica releases I’ve heard in a long time.
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Mazie

Saga crosses borders of time, space or sanity
The moment you hit the play button of the album “Saga”—the stage is set, the curtains open, and the music whisks you on your feet to go with the flow and dance over life and death as the album unfolds its story at your predilection.

As the second brainchild of Tatsuya Oe (a.k.a. Dark Model, Oe, Captain Funk), “Saga” reflects Tatsuya’s undeniable ingenuity in merging orchestral, electronica and harmonics into a larger-than-life musical scoring —just like its predecessor self-titled album “Dark Model”. However, “Saga” takes on the pedestal with that adrenaline rush in a crescendo via tracks like “Avalon” to “Inferno Suite”. It sustains the suspense in the “Labyrinth” track just prior to reaching the pinnacle in “Danse Macabre (Dance of Death)”. As the energy dwindles down to a reflective mood in the “Dawn of Resurrection”, it does not fade at all the conquering spirit, but enables you to relish the victory over whatever conflict has transpired in your mental journey with Saga.

Tatsuya’s music seem to cross borders of time, space or sanity. It is boundless … like a music that you can hear resonating in ages backward or forward… in reality or in deep recesses of your minds… on the dance floor or in your lucid dreams. I can see better and more whenever I close my eyes… but with “Saga” pounding my ears, it’s like having grown wings, clad in full battle gear of the best version of YOU, ready to conquer worlds… for real or not. 
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