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1 - SHIMIZU, YASUAKI - KIREN - (LP) 
PALTO FLATS


Acclaimed saxophonist, producer and composer Yasuaki Shimizu will release Kiren, his unreleased album from 1984, on the Palto Flats record label on February 25, 2022. Liner notes by music historian Chee Shimizu, and credits in both Japanese and English.By the early 1980s Yasuaki Shimizu had established himself on the Japanese new wave scene, producing many important experimental pop records and releasing several albums as the bandleader of Mariah. Following the release of his widely regarded solo classic Kakashi, from 1982, and the otherworldly Utakata No Hibi, by Mariah in 1983, he went into the studio the following year with frequent collaborators, producer Aki Ikuta and Morio Watanabe (bassist of Mariah), to record a mystifying collection of experimental dance music. Utilizing cutting-edge technology and studio trickery, Kiren showcases Shimizu's trademark playfulness, marrying richly layered production techniques to off-kilter, sometimes traditional sounding rhythms and melodies. Portending his work with the Saxophonettes as well as forecasting trends in techno, new wave, and futuristic rhythmic music, this formerly lost album represents an important period of Shimizu's artistic expression, an artist at his peak, while successfully exploring the intersections of fusion, synthpop, new wave, and jazz.As Chee Shimizu (no relation) writes in the liner notes, Kiren, and his concurrent release Latin were "born out of a free environment of collaboration that existed between Yasuaki and Aki Ikuta ... (exemplifying) his most energetic works." In listening to Kiren, we might share with Yasuaki Shimizu the joy and excitement of experimentalism and movement that went into the making of this album, now released for the first time many years later.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Ashita 02. Momo No Hana 03. Asate 04. Kagerofu 05. Peruvian Pink 06. Shiasate 07. Ore No Umi


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 15-04-2022
Item # : 553298     
Availability: IN STOCK
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2 - SHIMIZU, YASUAKI - KIREN - (CD) 
PALTO FLATS


Acclaimed saxophonist, producer and composer Yasuaki Shimizu will release Kiren, his unreleased album from 1984, on the Palto Flats record label on February 25, 2022. Liner notes by music historian Chee Shimizu, and credits in both Japanese and English.By the early 1980s Yasuaki Shimizu had established himself on the Japanese new wave scene, producing many important experimental pop records and releasing several albums as the bandleader of Mariah. Following the release of his widely regarded solo classic Kakashi, from 1982, and the otherworldly Utakata No Hibi, by Mariah in 1983, he went into the studio the following year with frequent collaborators, producer Aki Ikuta and Morio Watanabe (bassist of Mariah), to record a mystifying collection of experimental dance music. Utilizing cutting-edge technology and studio trickery, Kiren showcases Shimizu's trademark playfulness, marrying richly layered production techniques to off-kilter, sometimes traditional sounding rhythms and melodies. Portending his work with the Saxophonettes as well as forecasting trends in techno, new wave, and futuristic rhythmic music, this formerly lost album represents an important period of Shimizu's artistic expression, an artist at his peak, while successfully exploring the intersections of fusion, synthpop, new wave, and jazz.As Chee Shimizu (no relation) writes in the liner notes, Kiren, and his concurrent release Latin were "born out of a free environment of collaboration that existed between Yasuaki and Aki Ikuta ... (exemplifying) his most energetic works." In listening to Kiren, we might share with Yasuaki Shimizu the joy and excitement of experimentalism and movement that went into the making of this album, now released for the first time many years later.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Ashita 02. Momo No Hana 03. Asate 04. Kagerofu 05. Peruvian Pink 06. Shiasate 07. Ore No Umi


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 06-05-2022
Item # : 554735     EXP
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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3 - SHIMIZU, YASUAKI - MUSIC FOR COMMERCIALS - (LP) 
CRAMMED DISCS


Originally issued by Crammed in 1987, this is one of the most sought-after releases in our legendary Made To Measure series. Known for his numerous albums, soundtracks, and collaborations with the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Van Dyke Parks, Pierre Barouh, Bjork & Elvin Jones, composer & saxophonist Yasuaki Shimizu also released, during the 80s, several electronic music productions which are currently generating a lot of interest (a.o. his recently reissued Mariah project). "Music For Commercials" is a brilliant and inventive collection of short pieces, initially conceived for Japanese TV commercials (and bearing sweet titles such as "Seiko", "Sharp", "Honda" etc).

TRACKLISTING: 01. Snippets 02. Seiko 1 03. Seiko 2 04. Sen-nen 1 05. Ricoh 1 06. Seiko 3 07. Boutique Joy 08. Seiko 4 09. Ricoh 2 10. Laox 11. Shiseido 12. Seiko 5 13. Sharp 14. Sen-nen 2 15. Honda 16. Suntory 17. Knorr 18. Bridgestone 1 19. Bridgestone 2 20. Bridgestone 3 21. Bridgestone 4 22. Bridgestone 5 23. Ka-ch-fu-getsu 24. Seibu


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 22-09-2017
Item # : 505375     NEW
Availability: IN STOCK
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