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Various Artists
Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds of Japan 1980-1988
Light In The Attic
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January 29, 2021


Having mined pretty deep down into the disparate ambient, city pop, AOR and new age worlds of 1970s-1990s Japan, Light In The Attic show that we still don't even know half of the story. Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds of Japan 1980-1988 fittingly nestles somewhere in the middle as a Japanese electronic post-punk analogue, in which the icy Human League-esque synths of ‘Arrows & Eyes’ and the drum machine-led pop of Takami Hasegawa’s ‘Koneko To Watashi’ nudges up against the dark environmental music of R.N.A-ORGANISM’s ‘WEIMAR 22’ and the Joy Division-ish austerity of Naoki Asai’s ‘Yakan Hikou’.

First-ever officially licensed compilation of this kind
Artwork by noted illustrator/designer Koichi Sato
New liner notes by Mark “Frosty” McNeill

  1. 1 Arrows & Eyes Noriko Miyamoto 0:30
  2. 2 Hikari No Ito Kin No Ito Mishio Ogawa 0:30
  3. 3 Days Man Yoshio Ojima 0:30
  4. 4 Tira-Rin Mkwaju Ensemble 0:30
  5. 5 WEIMAR 22 R.N.A-ORGANISM 0:30
  6. 6 Yakan Hikou Naoki Asai 0:30
  7. 7 Koneko To Watashi Takami Hasegawa 0:30
  8. 8 Mizu No Naka No Himitsu Mammy 0:30
  9. 9 Hasu No Enishi Dip In The Pool 0:30
  10. 10 Akatere Wha Ha Ha 0:30
  11. 11 Sweet Sultan D-Day 0:30
  12. 12 Dark Disco-Da·Da·Da·Da·Run Perfect Mother 0:30
  13. 13 Area Neo Museum 0:30
  14. 14 Wedding With God (À Nijinski) Sonoko 0:30

Track List

Noriko Miyamoto - Arrows & Eyes
Mishio Ogawa - Hikari No Ito Kin No Ito
Yoshio Ojima - Days Man
Mkwaju Ensemble - Tira-Rin
Naoki Asai - Yakan Hikou
Takami Hasegawa - Koneko To Watashi
Mammy - Mizu No Naka No Himitsu
Dip in the Pool - Hasu No Enishi
Wha Ha Ha - Akatere
D-Day - Sweet Sultan
Perfect Mother - Dark Disco-Da·Da·Da·Da·Run
Neo Museum - Area
Sonoko - Wedding With God (À Nijinski)
Note: The track “Days Man” by Yoshio Ojima is only available on the LP and Cassette versions

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