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Akiko Yano

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Cat: WWSCD 18. Rel: 29 May 19
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Kawaji
  2. Iroha Ni Konpeitou
  3. A Long Wait
  4. Hourou
  5. Ike Yanagida
  6. Ai Ai Gasa
  7. Potsun
  8. Kinou Wa Mou
  9. On The Way Home
  10. East Wind
Review: Having previously issued Akiko Yano's 1976 debut "Japanese Girl" - an eccentric set of East-West pop fusions marked out by the artist's distinctive vocals - Wewantsounds has returned to raid her vaults once more. "Iroha Ni Konpeitou" first appeared in 1977 and garnered great hype in Japan thanks to the success of its predecessor. It's a similarly eccentric but inspired set, with Yano confidently flitting between synthesizer-heavy instrumental soundscapes (see superb opener "Kawaji"), drowsy country-inspired songs ("A Long Wait"), seductive jazz-funk ("Hourou"), head-nodding reggae-boogie ("Hai Hai Gasa") and breathy, post-soul ballads ("On The Way Home", a song that boasts both pedal steel and synthesizers).
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 in stock $11.71
Tadaima (reissue) (LP + insert + MP3 download code with obi-strip)
Cat: WWSLP 16. Rel: 05 Dec 18
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Tadaima (4:00)
  2. Itsuka Ojisamaga (5:04)
  3. Vet (2:25)
  4. Ashkenazy Who? (3:26)
  5. Iranaimon (2:41)
  6. Taiyo No Onara (9:28)
  7. I Sing (4:01)
  8. Harusaki Kobani (3:35)
  9. Rose Garden (3:28)
 in stock $24.96
Iroha Ni Konpeitou (LP + booklet + MP3 download code with obi-strip)
Cat: WWSLP 18. Rel: 29 May 19
Coldwave/Synth
  1. KAWAJI (0:59)
  2. Iroha Ni Konpeitou (3:07)
  3. A Long Wait (3:45)
  4. Hourou (4:09)
  5. Ike Yanagida (5:00)
  6. Hai Hai Gasa (3:46)
  7. Potsun (4:24)
  8. Kinou Wa Mou (2:13)
  9. On The Way Home (3:40)
  10. East Wind (4:06)
Review: Having previously issued Akiko Yano's 1976 debut "Japanese Girl" - an eccentric set of East-West pop fusions marked out by the artist's distinctive vocals - Wewantsounds has returned to raid her vaults once more. "Iroha Ni Konpeitou" first appeared in 1977 and garnered great hype in Japan thanks to the success of its predecessor. It's a similarly eccentric but inspired set, with Yano confidently flitting between synthesizer-heavy instrumental soundscapes (see superb opener "Kawaji"), drowsy country-inspired songs ("A Long Wait"), seductive jazz-funk ("Hourou"), head-nodding reggae-boogie ("Hai Hai Gasa") and breathy, post-soul ballads ("On The Way Home", a song that boasts both pedal steel and synthesizers).
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Played by: Ali Renault
 in stock $23.41
Japanese Girl (LP + 4 page insert + MP3 download code with obi-strip)
Cat: WWSLP 17. Rel: 27 Mar 19
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Sayonara (6:36)
  2. Kuna (3:39)
  3. Telephone Line (2:53)
  4. Tsugary Tour (2:10)
  5. Funamachi-Uta (part 2) (5:46)
  6. Oinaru Shiino-ki (3:17)
  7. Hekoriputaa (3:51)
  8. Fuuta (1:53)
  9. Oka Wo Koete (3:11)
  10. Funamachi-Uta (part 1) (4:05)
Review: Although not that well known in Europe, Akiko Yano's "Japanese Girl" set caused a stir in the Japanese music scene upon its release in 1976, not least because her vocal style was closer to the intonations of breathy American pop than the more "girlish" approach prevalent in J-pop at the time. Here reissued by We Want Sounds, the album remains something of an unusual but brilliant J-pop classic. Its 10 tracks variously draw influence from country music, reggae, blue-eyed soul, jazz-fusion, West Coast rock, folk and traditional Japanese music, without particularly sounding like any of them.
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 in stock $22.88
Cat: WWSCD 17. Rel: 03 Apr 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Sayonara
  2. Kuma
  3. Telephone Line
  4. Tsugaru Tour
  5. Funamachi-Uta (part 2)
  6. Oinaru Shiino-ki
  7. Hekoriputaa
  8. Fuuta
  9. Oka Wo Koete
  10. Funamachi-Uta (part 1)
Review: Although not that well known in Europe, Akiko Yano's "Japanese Girl" set caused a stir in the Japanese music scene upon its release in 1976, not least because her vocal style was closer to the intonations of breathy American pop than the more "girlish" approach prevalent in J-pop at the time. Here reissued by We Want Sounds, the album remains something of an unusual but brilliant J-pop classic. Its 10 tracks variously draw influence from country music, reggae, blue-eyed soul, jazz-fusion, West Coast rock, folk and traditional Japanese music, without particularly sounding like any of them.
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 in stock $11.44
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