Tag / 1985

If anyone knows me, they’d know this album forms a perfect storm of what I dig about music. I love it when someone actually aims to “sell out” by doing it in such a way that everyone is left dumbfounded by the product of that intended vision. There is one “right” way to pull that […]

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There’s an appeal to Katsutoshi Morizono’s 4:17 p.m. that can only be heightened, or fully appreciated, during summer, our current time of the year. Cycling from truly elegant compositions – a frequent, recurring theme lately on the blog – 4:17 p.m. mixes jazz fusion, post-bossanova, reggae, light mellow/City Pop, and even experimental bits of New Age […]

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/ July 7, 2017 / Comments Off on Takashi Toyoda: Big Bang (1985)

Takashi Toyoda: Big Bang (1985)

Takashi Toyoda’s Big Bang promises in the back cover “total spiritual stability and stress relief” through 40-odd minutes of Japanese New Age music. What really stands out, though, is the word “BIG BANG” in the album title. Attempting to provide some respite from a stark external world, Takashi tries to create the first 1/f fluctuation […]

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/ June 13, 2017 / Comments Off on Morgan Fisher: Look At Life (1984)

Morgan Fisher: Look At Life (1984)

I’m truly thankful I live in a world where circumstances led Londoner Morgan Fisher to visit Japan, fall in love with country, and proceed to sell nearly all of his life’s work to make his living there. Some would say it was a foolhardy move but it’s a move that proved essential to his reinvention […]

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/ June 2, 2017 / Comments Off on José “Zeca” Afonso: Galinhas Do Mato (1985)

José “Zeca” Afonso: Galinhas Do Mato (1985)

I always hate to say never, but I’ll wager that you’ll never find another giant of fado music quite like José “Zeca” Afonso. A massive influence in the cultural milieu that transformed Portugal from a closed-off fascist state into one striving to understand its colonialist role and work towards rectifying it through freedom of thought […]

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/ May 30, 2017 / Comments Off on Paleis Van Boem: Mowgli Goes Kaka (1985)

Paleis Van Boem: Mowgli Goes Kaka (1985)

Deeply intricate and esoteric experimental percussion music from Netherland’s own Paleis Van Boem, which aptly translates to “Palace of Boom”. Now known – if you’re Dutch that is! – for their film and TV soundtracks, Paleis Van Boem actually had roots in the lecture halls of the Rotterdam Conservatory. This duo consisting of Martin Vonk and […]

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/ May 10, 2017 / Comments Off on Sly and Robbie: Language Barrier (1985)

Sly and Robbie: Language Barrier (1985)

I’m looking at the liner notes to Sly & Robbie’s Language Barrier right now. Performances by Afrika Bambaataa, Bernie Worrell, Mikey Chung, Manu Dibango, Wally Badarou, Herbie Hancock (!), Bob Dylan (!?!?), and production by Bill Laswell…I keep asking myself why in the world did this not make a dent in anyone’s memory? By the looks of their […]

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/ May 3, 2017 / Comments Off on Koji Ueno: Music For Silent Movies (1985)

Koji Ueno: Music For Silent Movies (1985)

Music For Silent Movies, it’s all there in the title. Koji Ueno, one half of Japanese duo Guernica (the other half being Jun Togawa from Yapoos), takes their subversive take on the era of “The Greatest Generation” to its logical evolution/conclusion by creating a soundtrack to the lesser known sounds of that period. Thoughts of musique concrete, serialism, […]

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/ May 1, 2017 / Comments Off on Alap Jetzer: Eternity’s Sunrise (1986)

Alap Jetzer: Eternity’s Sunrise (1986)

Sun-lit, rainbow music for respite after rainy days. That’s how I would describe Alap Jetzer’s largely acoustic renditions of Hindu guru Sri Chinmoy’s compositions. Attracted to the same devotional spiritual path that struck other musicians like Pete Townshend, Carlos Santana, Narada Michael Walden, and Roberta Flack, so was this young Swiss instrument maker and multi-instrumentalist […]

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/ 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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