Yoshinori Hayashi – Pulse of Defiance

Album cover for "Pulse of Defiance" by Yoshinori Hayashi

Many dance albums take us on a roller coaster of intense peaks followed by chances to catch our breath. Pulse of Defiance instead climbs from an introspective opening to three high-energy closing tracks. It’s a journey that few producers have the confidence or discipline to attempt, and Yoshinori Hayashi nails it.

Hayashi also navigates a journey across subgenres. The album moves from experimental to techno to breakbeat to jungle so fluidly and effortlessly that, unless you immediately repeat the record after it ends, you don’t realize how far you’ve traveled.

I listened to Pulse of Defiance as I drove to get my first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on a beautiful spring Saturday. The music, combined with my hope for re-entering the world, set a joyous mood. As I repeated the drive for my second shot three weeks later, I listened again. Loud. Three times. Whether I was stuck in traffic, sitting in the post-vaccine monitoring area, or flying around a winding twilight road, Hayashi’s music still inspired joy.

Pulse of Defiance doesn’t have the same effect on headphones at home, so get out into the world on a beautiful day and listen to this. Loud.

Released: April 9, 2021

About Chuck

Chuck is a lifelong music lover. He spent his 20s working as a professional musician before discovering he enjoys listening to music more than playing it. He knows a little bit about most genres, though electronic dance music, rock, and hip-hop are his favorites. Eleven albums/shows that transformed how he sees and hears the world (in order he encountered them): Fleetwood Mac Rumours; Van Halen Fair Warning; The Cure Standing on a Beach; John Coltrane Crescent; De La Soul Three Feet High and Rising; Puccini La Boheme (de los Angeles, Bjorling, Beecham); Everything but the Girl Walking Wounded; Carl Cox, Twilo, NYC, May 2000; Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.; Grateful Dead. Fillmore East, NYC, April 1971; Taylor Swift 1989.

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