Dark Model – Saga (2nd Full Album)

“Unleash Your Inner Hero”

Dark Model is back with more progressive, melodious, and dramatic orchestral electronica. “Saga,” Dark Model’s 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.


Album reviews

(check out “Album review” page for the details of each review)

“Seriously. You gotta hear this.”

“Saga is a brilliant, visual-inspiring composition by an electronic master. 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)

“Dark Model isn’t selling music. He’s selling a concept. That concept is you as the hero. It’s the closest thing to Musical Virtual Reality that you can get.”

(Curtis Morgan, Mobtoronto.com)

“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)

“Dark Model’s Saga is simply spectacular”

(Louis Pratt, Viral Pirate)

“Saga is a great album for classical listeners who would love a more modern bent as well as indie and electronic fans who enjoy the drama and intensity of classical suites.”

(Layla Marino, Ellenwood EP)

“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.”

(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.”

“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.”

Album Description

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 an imaginary 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. 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/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.

CD Store Links (Virtual/Online)

(As for availability of local record shops in the US, please check the list at the bottom of this page.)
Amazon US
Amazon Japan
Amazon in other countries: UK/France/Italy/Germany

f.y.e (US)
Target.com
CD Universe
CD Baby
Music Stack (Artist Page)
Import CDs

Dark Model - Saga CD (US Edition)

MP3 Downloads

iTunes US
Amazon US MP3
Bandcamp (Full Digital Discography including 7 releases – 30% Off)
CD Baby
Google Play
Rhapsody/Napster
Amazon in other countries: UK/France/Italy/Germany

Streaming Services / Music Apps

Spotify
Apple Music
Tidal
Pandora (Artist Page)
Slacker Radio (Artist Page)
iHeartRadio (Artist Page)
Groove Music (by Microsoft)
Shazam (Artist Page)
Line Music

Tracklist

1 Prelude 2:02
2 Avalon 4:02
3 Rage and Redemption 4:56
4 Survivors 5:13
5 Inferno Suite 5:39
6 Labyrinth 3:55
7 Storm Goddess 5:36
8 Danse Macabre (Dance of Death) 5:14
9 Elegy1 4:56
10 Dawn of Resurrection 4:20
11 Rage and Redemption (No Choir Mix) 4:56
12 Inferno Suite (No Choir Mix) 5:39
13 Danse Macabre (No Choir Mix) 5:14

(All the 13 tracks are NEW MIXES)
All music composed and produced by Tatsuya Oe
Art Direction: Passion Yoko
CG: Yuichiro Akao
℗ © 2017 Model Electronic & Tatsuya Oe (JASRAC)
CD Cat No: MECD-1005 (Digipak)
UPC (Bar Code): 888295548816
Physical (CD) Distribution: Alliance Entertainment Corporation / CD Baby

Note for Sync Licensing

If you’re interested in obtaining a license of music included in this album for your TV/Film/Advertising project, please request a quote from License Form on Model Electronic official website or Tatsuya Oe official website.

Tatsuya Oe Music License Form
Model Electronic Music License Form

(Our music license is currently not available for non-commercial, non-profit videos, personal/private or student productions on any media. We only handle commercial licenses with a certain amount of budget. Thanks for your understanding.)

US Independent / Local Record Stores

Rasputin Music (CA)
Silver Platters (WA)
Tunes (NJ)
Independent Records & Video (CO)
BK Music (VA)
Plan 9 Records (VA)
Dearborn Music (MI)
Easy Street Records (WA)
Electric Fetus (MN)
Gallery of Sound (PA)
Omega Music (OH)
Waterloo Records (TX)
Monster Music (SC)
Bull Moose (ME)
Magnolia Thunderpussy (IN)
Ignition Music (IN)
Graywhale (UT)
Music Millennium (OR)
Zia Records (NV, AZ)

“Saga” Apparel & Goods

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Tatsuya Oe Updated: November 6, 2017