Cult Japanese avant-garde group Mariah is best-known for their 1983 masterpiece Utakata No Hibi. Led by saxophonist Yasuaki Shimizu (who released that incredible Kakashi album), the group includes other legendary instrumentalists including drummer Hideo Yamaki, keyboardist Sasaji Masanori, and Satoshi “Jimmy” Murakawa on vocals. Marginal Love is an earlier release from the group and while not as esoteric as Utakata No Hibi (there are no Middle Eastern tonalities found here), the release still hits a uniquely space age avant-garde no wave / post-punk zone that fans of Yasuaki Shimizu will surely enjoy. Closer B4 “Entrance Of Endless Cafe,” in particular, features a wild mishmash of ethereal keyboards, chorus vocals, ’80s guitar shredding, and some sort of disclaimer style sped-up spoken word.
Recommended – B4 Entrance Of Endless Cafe, A2 Marginal Love
Tags: Fusion / New Wave / Post-Punk