Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds of Japan 1980–1988 [2xLP Ltd. Purple Vinyl]LABEL: Light In The Attic
We are so excited to announce the continuation of our Japan Archival Series with Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds of Japan 1980–1988. Expertly curated by Yosuke Kitazawa and Mark “Frosty” McNeill (dublab), who also penned the liner notes, and featuring cover art by notable Japanese illustrator/designer Koichi Sato, you don’t wanna miss this one.
Somewhere Between brings together sought-after songs, much of which have never been released outside Japan, encompassing ambient pop, underground electronics, liminal minimalism, and shadow sounds—all descriptors emphasizing the hazy nature of the nebula. Out–of–focus rhythms wear ethereal accoutrements, ballads are shrouded in static, and angular drums snake skyward on transcendent tones. From the avant–minimalism of Mkwaju Ensemble, to the left field techno-pop of Mishio Ogawa and Noriko Miyamoto (featuring members of YMO), and highlights from the groundbreaking Osaka underground label Vanity Records, these are blurry constellations defying collective categorization.
2 x 12" Purple Vinyl, LP, Compilation