Month / March 2017

/ March 31, 2017 / Comments Off on Koharu Kisaragi: 都会の生活 Tokai No Seikatsu (1986)

Koharu Kisaragi: 都会の生活 Tokai No Seikatsu (1986)

Koharu, Koharu, wherefore are thou Koharu? That’s the big question rolling around in my head. Koharu Kisaragi’s 都会の生活 Tokai No Seikatsu (which translates to: Urban Life) isn’t just an impressive, largely, unheard of album, it’s also impressive for being largely unknown in details both in what went into its creation and what happened to its creator. This true one-off by Japanese playwright, theater […]

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/ March 29, 2017 / Comments Off on Urban Dance: Urban Dance (1985)

Urban Dance: Urban Dance (1985)

Even for Haruomi Hosono, Urban Dance is a rare bird. Let me step back. After listening to Friends of Earth and Love, Peace, and Trance I may be incorrect. Urban Dance’s self-titled debut is a rare bird for Japanese electronic music. Produced by Haruomi Hosono, Urban Dance was the rare slice of Japanese music that drew […]

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/ March 27, 2017 / Comments Off on Yoshio Suzuki: Touch of Rain (1986)

Yoshio Suzuki: Touch of Rain (1986)

Yoshio Suzuki writes in a way that breaks up my style of writing. You see, I have a ritual I go through when I write for FOND/SOUND. Normally, I put on the album I feel inspired to write about and try to write my post in the allotted time that album runs through. I do so, […]

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/ March 20, 2017 / Comments Off on Mix: 3. What Do You Do When It’s Spring?

Mix: 3. What Do You Do When It’s Spring?

In a way, rebirth is exactly what my third mix is about. Taking cues from various feelings springtime evokes, I wanted to compile a set of songs that moved in concert with the season. By themselves, each song has a faint musical seed that germinates and blooms into a much more pronounced, powerful direction. However, taken as part of a whole, despite […]

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/ March 17, 2017 / Comments Off on Mioko Yamaguchi: Moon-Light Princess (1983)

Mioko Yamaguchi: Moon-Light Princess (1983)

  Do you know what I love about Mioko Yamaguchi? That no matter what she attempts, she finds a way to actually do it, and do it quite well. That’s why I struggled mightily to chose what is my favorite album of hers to pitch to you, dear reader. Heart of hearts, I’ve made up my mind, and […]

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/ March 15, 2017 / Comments Off on Flüght: Flüght (1982)

Flüght: Flüght (1982)

As much as one tries to distance themselves from being just another mp3 blog, one has to realize that one is operating in a gray territory. For as much as I’d love everyone to discover rare albums like Flüght’s Flüght, one from a fascinating Mexican band that debuted with a sound that experimented with ambient, progressive electronica, and new age, not […]

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/ March 13, 2017 / Comments Off on dip in the pool: Retinae (1989)

dip in the pool: Retinae (1989)

Paris in the winter must be a whole lot different than any other time of the year. Yes, the feeling of romance and culture is still there, but the atmosphere to take it all in must impress all sorts of different stimulations. Romance, city and lights, filtered through multiple environmental layers, meet a more distinct cessation […]

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/ March 10, 2017 / Comments Off on Sławomir Kulpowicz ft. Czesław Niemen: Samarpan (1987)

Sławomir Kulpowicz ft. Czesław Niemen: Samarpan (1987)

A true giant of Polish Pop music comes out of the wilderness to join up with a Polish Jazz giant who purposely went into its wilderness to create a masterpiece of Coltrane-influenced Spiritual Jazz…one influenced by the Coltrane we tend to forget. You see, Samarpan has all the touchstones of one Turiyasangitananda Alice Coltrane.

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/ March 8, 2017 / Comments Off on Macias: Regreso a Valencia (1988)

Macias: Regreso a Valencia (1988)

One of my favorite albums from one of my favorite record label series. Largely piano-based, José Luis Macias’s Regreso a Valencia (Returning to Valencia) touched on that personal essence that made other albums like Toshifumi Hinata’s or Ichiko Hashimoto’s so intimate and gorgeous. Combining western-style minimalism with their own more regional, neoclassical styles, all these releases affect austerity at first, but […]

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/ March 6, 2017 / Comments Off on Marju Kuut & Uku Kuut: Zuke (1992)

Marju Kuut & Uku Kuut: Zuke (1992)

Funk can sometimes come from the unlikeliest of places. Take for example: Hollywood. Hollywood, and America’s West Coast one could argue, has always been a haven for all sorts of groove maestros…but Tallinn, Estonia? Estonia, that’s where the creators of Zuke hail from. From an ex-Soviet country that barely has a record industry one would be hard-pressed to […]

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