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Utakata No Hibi

 

FOR FANS OF

Brian Eno & David Byrne, Faust

SOUNDS LIKE

A alternate dream world

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

Simply put, this is one of the most unique, inventive, and listenable records I’ve ever heard. Originally released in Japan in 1983, and slowly gaining cult status in the west with an eventual reissue last year, Utakata No Hibi has been a personal obsession since the day I first heard it. While it’s essentially a new wave or art pop record, you’ll likely have an impossible time finding anything quite like it. There’s bits of krautrock in the song structures and keyboards, but it’s often the incredible sax playing of Shimizu Yasuaki that steals the show.

The songs are intricately patterned, colorful in tone, and never afraid to stray from the more obvious paths. There are parallels to My Life in the Bush and Faust IV, but there’s also an eastern influence not found on either.

FAVORITE SONGS

Sokokara, Hana ga saitara, Shinzō no tobira

RELEASE INFO

Year: 1983
Country: Japan
Label: Palto Flats

TRACKLIST

1. そこから… [Sokokara]
2. 視線 [Shisen]
3. 花が咲いたら [Hana ga saitara]
4. 不自由な鼠 [Fujiyū na nezumi]
5. 空に舞うまぼろし [Sora ni mau maboroshi]
6. 心臓の扉 [Shinzō no tobira]
7. 少年 [Shōnen]