Released in Japan on Alfa music sub-label Yen Records and the US on William Ackerman’s Windham Hill, Interior was the short-lived passion project for Haruomi Hosono and the four-piece Japanese electronic & new age band. Built on a lot of melodic tinkering and experiments in sound collage, the album drifts through ambient/new age/ and minimal synth-pop realms. The group’s lone album, Design is one of the rare moments where the Japanese ambient scene directly met American new age. Interestingly, bandleader Daisuke Hinata studied electronic music at the legendary Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA, but it was music journalist Eisuke Sato who would introduce him to Windham Hill’s Will Ackerman. For a deep dive on this new age classic, we highly recommend checking out Found Sound’s writeup here.
Recommended – Full Listen
Tags: Cult Classic / Japanese