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Yasuaki Shimizu – Kakashi

Yasuaki Shimizu
Kakashi
Label: Better Days, Palto Flats
Catalog Number: PFLP 007
Released: 1982, 80's
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Welcome to the spirited, enchanting world of Japanese musical visionary Yasuaki Shimizu. You may know him from his work with Ryuichi Sakamoto, or as the innovative bandleader of Japanese cult band Mariah, notable for their 1983 masterpiece Utakata No Hibi. In a sense Utakata No Hibi and Kakashi are companion albums, with Kakashi laying the sonic foundation first, and Utakata No Hibi one year later. Kakashi is an adventurous, exploratory mosaic soundscape in which saxophone, marimba, and percussion intermingle in perfectly orchestrated dances in loops and cycles. Balanced between fast and slow, with invigorating, repetitive numbers offset by ambient breaths in-between to digest. Equal parts intense and playful, sophisticated and fun.

– Lauren Fay Levy

Recommended – A1 Suiren, A2 Kakashi, A4 Semi Tori No Hi, B2 Umi No Ue Kara

Tags: Avant-Garde / Cult Classic / Electronic / Obscure
Tracklist:

A1 Suiren / 睡蓮
A2 Kakashi / 案山子
A3 Kono Yoni Yomeri (Sono 1) / このように詠めり(その1)
A4 Semi Tori No Hi / セミ取りの日
A5 Kono Yoni Yomeri (Sono 2) / このように詠めり(その2)
B1 Yume Dewa / 夢では
B2 Umi No Ue Kara / 海の上から
B3 Utsukushiki Tennen / 美しき天然

Credits:

Cello [Violoncello] – Mitsuru Orikasa, Tomio Yajima
Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Vocals – Yasuaki Shimizu
French Horn – Koji Yamaguchi
Guitar – Aki, Takayuki Hijikata
Marimba – Masanori Sasaji

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