While there is a certain sense of structure and form to this album, Lingua Franca almost feels like a combination of free form jazz and breakbeat electronica.
The Huffington Post
Recently, I had the sublime opportunity to review Dugo’s album – Lingua Franca. In my humble opinion, the album is a masterful work of art because of its creativity and originality.
Music Street Journal
This album could land in the territory of electronic music. It seems a bit too organic for that, though. It really is progressive music, but perhaps not progressive rock. There is a lot of world music here. The only vocals are some world vocals that appear on the first track, more as instrumentation than actual singing. Whatever you call this, though, it is some particularly effective instrumental music. This is not the kind of thing that should be confined to the background. Let this album live and breathe and be heard.
REVIEW DUGO - 'LINGUA FRANCA' 8.5 Great
Let’s call it electronic Latin jazz fusion with some UK garage and experimental programming? Sure, why not.
This electronically elating album is truly a beautiful piece of work. There is such diversity with regards to the ambient fills, and pads; with the breaking beats; and especially the glamourous guitar.
It is an album that demands your full attention, each time uncovering a new layer or melody.
Roaming through Dugo’s soundscape feels like a cinematographic exploration of extended ambience where you feel like the protagonist of a virtual simulation. The tracks in Lingua Franca uncoil in their own theatrical, squiggly fashion that feel like they move complying with the laws of an otherworldly form of gravity. The opener, “Sunburst,” starts out with quiet and piercing beats that quickly build into an unrelenting, strings-powered rush. It evokes an off-to-the-races momentum, embedding us to a constant influx of exhilaration.
Album Rating: 8.3 Aupium Global Music
CD Review: “Lingua Franca,” Dugo - The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post
My advice is to get this CD today. And no, I’m not receiving any kickbacks. It’s simply glorious music, performed by superb musicians. You can’t ask for more than that.
Dugo is the culmination of his grand vision of what an independent solo album should be.
Middle Tennessee Music
Very rarely, but every so often, an album of music crosses my path that completely stands on it’s own without comparison to anything that has come before or will come after it.
Global Dance Electronic
Dugo. ‘Lingua Franca’ is the culmination of what Izutani has been making for the past 10 years with collaborative influences from artists and other musicians.
This artist Dugo's work sounds so beautifully complicated to me, like I picture him not being able to sleep as this plays in his head, and he knows he MUST create this masterpiece.
Excellent music label (and Club Tiny member) Brave Wave Productions got in touch with us to share an exclusive, pre-release stream of Dugo’s debut solo album “Lingua Franca.” You can listen to the whole album here before its launch tomorrow.
Brave Wave’s first release in 2017 continues their goal to give the freedom to game music composers to create their dream projects. Lingua Franca is the life’s work of Dugo, the alias of composer Takahiro Izutani who has composed for the Metal Gear Solid and Bayonetta series since 2006.
Signed limited edition of 300. Dugo is the alias of Bayonetta and Metal Gear Solid 4's co-composer Takahiro Izutani. Ten years in the making, and with an international assembly of artists — guitar players, violinists, photographers — Dugo is the culmination of Izutani's grand vision of what an independent solo album can be. Featuring photographic work by label director Mohammed Taher.
Takahiro Izutani has brought his edgy, dynamic fusion sound to a wide range of sectors. He is known to soundtrack listeners for his contributions to the Bayonetta, Metal Gear Solid, and Blassreiter universe. However, his portfolio also spans numerous arrangements for J-Pop legend Ayumi Hamasaki, several albums with the avant-garde band Happy Family, and an original album project DUGO with record label Brave Wave.