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