After working in the avant-garde scene with Kaoru Abe and Takehisa Kosugi, Japanese percussionist Yas-Kaz went to Indonesia to study Balinese gamelan music. Following the trip, Yas-Kaz would introduce gamelan music to a number of influential Japanese musicians including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Midori Takada (Mkwaju Ensemble), and Shoji Yamashiro (composer of Akira). Released in 1985, Yas-Kaz’s fourth studio album Egg Of Purana incorporates indigenous elements from Pan-Asia to Europe to Africa to South America. The sound is minimal and organic, with just the right amount of synthesizers and an emphasis on melody. B4 “Bamboo On The Beach,” in particular, has a wonderfully hypnotic kalimba groove. B1 “Psychopomp – Shaman Met The Woman At The Well” utilizes similar instrumentation along with spirit-like vocals for an ethereal fourth world trip.
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Tags: Fourth World / Tribal / World