MARIAH - (BLACK) UTAKATA NO HIBI (2LP)

MARIAH - (BLACK) UTAKATA NO HIBI (2LP)

LP (12"/10" Album)

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Label: EVERLAND PSYCH

Release date: 17/08/2020

Barcode: 0710473185097

Catalog no.: EVERPSY0000009

Item ID: 497034

A legendary yet long lost crown jewel from the early '80s
Japanese electronic and jazz rock scene. New powerful master, much appreciated by the artist. Mariah was a Japanese outfit in the field of art pop, way back in the very late '70s and early '80s with 5 albums up their score from 1980 to 1983. The album from 1979 entitled as 'Mariah' was actually made before the band Mariah was formed, and was released as a solo album by Yasuaki Shimizu. The album at hand is the fifth and for the time being last album in this row, released as a double vinyl back in 1983. Original copies, that are at least in very good condition, are hard to find. This reissue on Everland, unlike the original and the first vinyl reissue from 2015, comes housed in a thick and artfully designed gatefold sleeve with obi, which finally does justice to the progressive spirit of the music you will find here. The musical basement of 'Utakata No Hibi' is a fusion of dreamy synthesizer pop and haunting new wave music, that could be found all around the globe back in 1983. In the vein of Tears For Fears or more adventurous David Bowie stuff, with a touch of Kraftwerk or even Brian Eno here and there, but all this gets spiced up with an atmosphere of Japanese traditionalism, with a few bits and pieces from the old music from this Far East island, which sounds so magic to us Westeners. The progressive, wacky art pop of this project was led by the popular Japanese composer and musician Yasuaki Shimizu, a relentlessly exploratory saxophonist who even dared to rework Johann Sebastian Bach's cello suites for saxophone.
As brilliant as this man is, the music on 'Utakata No Hibi' turns out to be. And the master himself approved and much
appreciated the brand new remastering of this album by assisting a highly professional team of sound engineers who dusted off the ancient tape reels. For certain the record sounds and feels '80s through and through, electronic to the very rhythmical bone of each song sugar coated with catchy melodies that resemble Japanese classic and Enka music, which is a kind of folksy pop music. The listener gets directly drawn into a feverish dream of steaming Far Eastern cities and their darkest and most depraved corners where you find everything cheap in sleazy bars and unlighted backyards and alleys. Double
12" in UV-glossy laminated gatefold sleeve with obi. Includes A1 60x60cm poster and lyric sheet. The vinyl comes in Japanese Katta innersleeves.

Also available: (CLEAR) UTAKATA NO HIBI (2LP) (LP), (MULTI) UTAKATA NO HIBI (2LP) (LP), UTAKATA NO HIBI (CD).

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