Dark Model – Saga

Tags: Cinematic, Dance, Electronic, Epic, and Orchestral. Categories: Dark Model and Model Electronic Releases.

“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.

This album won the 16th Annual Independent Music Award (IMA) in the Dance/Electronica Album category.

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. 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)

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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)

It’s like an epic adventure for your ears.

(Yvonne Glasgow, Beat Dot Media)

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)

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)

Tracklist & Listen

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

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.

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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.

Downloads & Streaming Services (Updated in May 2020)


Apple Music / iTunes US
Amazon US MP3
Amazon in other countries: UK/France/Italy/Germany
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Mora (Hi-Res)
e-onkyo music (Hi-Res)
OTOTOY (Lossless) (Hi-Res)
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Other Asian countries

Kuwo Music(酷我音楽)
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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
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Dark Model - Saga CD (US Edition)

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.

Tatsuya Oe Music License Form

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Tatsuya Oe Updated: November 15, 2021