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/ February 22, 2017 / Comments Off on Takami – 天使行 Y. De Noir Ⅱ [Tenshi Kou] (1983)

Takami – 天使行 Y. De Noir Ⅱ [Tenshi Kou] (1983)

e’re in the wilderness now. If nothing puts you there, Takami’s 天使行 Y. De Noir Ⅱ will. Playing out like a modern Japanese update on Nico’s Marble Index or Desertshore, Takami’s debut album sounds like little else. 天使行 roughly translates to “Angel Line” giving you, the listener, a clue into what the theme of the album is about. Were these songs […]

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/ February 6, 2017 / Comments Off on Mind Over Matter: Music For Paradise (1987)

Mind Over Matter: Music For Paradise (1987)

traight from Duisburg, Germany comes the impressive debut from Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock (otherwise known as Cosmic Hoffmann) on Klaus Schulze’s wonderful Innovative Communication record label. Music For Paradise was Klaus’s attempt to present his spiritual journey from space-disco cosmic man to “woke” Eastern-influenced musician, via various forms of musical movements. Originally titled “Music for Meditation”, somewhere, along its phase from demo […]

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/ February 3, 2017 / Comments Off on Orquesta de las Nubes: Manual de Usuario (1987)

Orquesta de las Nubes: Manual de Usuario (1987)

rquesta de las Nubes, The Cloud Orchestra, isn’t really an orchestra, that we know for sure. What it is is a trio of Spanish musicians aiming to make music that was unlike anything else. While researching the history behind the band I ran across interviews by founder Suso Sáiz mentioning how even they themselves didn’t know the type […]

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I ran into a predicament when sussing out this post. How does one describe MUJI if one hasn’t actually experienced it? It’s entirely easy to simplify what this brand is by calling it the Japanese IKEA and call it a day. However, from what I can tell, that’s not really what MUJI is, or stands for. And for […]

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/ December 21, 2016 / Comments Off on Interior: Design (1987)

Interior: Design (1987)

What happens when a Japanese minimalist band gets signed to the American New Age juggernaut that is Windham Hill? Led by Daisuke Hinata, Interior remains an interesting piece of this label’s history. Few examples exist of William Ackerman’s roster ever attempting to tap into the decidedly more electronic, ambient New Age that Japanese labels like Music Interior or […]

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/ March 11, 2015 / Comments Off on Talk Talk: Laughing Stock (1991)

Talk Talk: Laughing Stock (1991)

Belatedly, it appears that the best is yet to come. Truly no other month can be as trying, and as most worthy of our respect and humility, than this shortest stretch of the year, February. Compact to the point of becoming itself a transition to something greater, everything it does; throwing the environmental book at […]

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/ March 6, 2015 / Comments Off on Talk Talk: I Believe In You (1988)

Talk Talk: I Believe In You (1988)

Talk Talk – 1988 Sometimes, things are better left unsaid. In 1988, Tim Pope and Mark Hollis set out to create a video for an edited down version of “I Believe In You”. By then, so much of Talk Talk’s history had been suddenly rewritten and torn asunder. In this last bit of acquiescence, Mark […]

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/ January 26, 2015 / Comments Off on Penguin Cafe Orchestra: Air á Danser (1981)

Penguin Cafe Orchestra: Air á Danser (1981)

Now, this is the right time to bring Simon Jeffes’s Penguin Cafe Orchestra back again. Back in 1976, no one was quite ready for their Neoclassical style of chamber folk music. His vision of combining various worldly folk traditions under one shapeshifting sound created a template that touches on a lot of modern post-rock and […]

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/ January 23, 2015 / Comments Off on The Durutti Column: Never Known (1981)

The Durutti Column: Never Known (1981)

The Durutti Column – 1980 Now we’re rounding out to the present. We’re heading into the realm where English folk music goes beyond its traditional boundaries and attains a spectral essence inflecting what it would have sung before. Now comes the realization, that as far removed new folk artists are from their greener rural past, […]

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/ December 18, 2014 / Comments Off on Penguin Cafe Orchestra: The Sound of Someone You Love Who’s Going Away and It Doesn’t Matter (1976)

Penguin Cafe Orchestra: The Sound of Someone You Love Who’s Going Away and It Doesn’t Matter (1976)

Simon Jeffes on bowed guitar (left) with David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto Wow, what a loaded track title and what a loaded track. This band was born out of a hallucinated dream experienced by one Simon Jeffes while recovering from food poisoning. In one fever dream he saw an all seeing eye viewing a couple […]

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