Featured in the “New Age Electronics” section of Shotaro Matsumoto’s recent Walearic (Japanese Balearic) Disc Guide, Apsaras’ lone album is an underrated Japanese gem that’s surprisingly cheap and easy to find in the United States due to a major label pressing on CBS. The group, named after the female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist culture, has a wonderfully unique sound that’s somewhere between new age, post-rock, and jazz fusion. The mellow, reflective tracks here sound like they could easily fit on any of those sought after 80’s Japanese left-field and minimal music labels like JVC’s Music Interior or Moon Music. Head to Fond/Sound for a deep dive on the group.
Recommended – A1 Apsaras, A2 Hizashi No Nakade (Children Of The Sunshine), B2 Misato, B3 Aruhi No Kaze (Journey With The Wind)
Tags: New Age / Reggae / Walearic