Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Susumu Hirasawa: 時空の水 &サイエンスの幽霊

Susumu Hirasawa is a genius. Now that doesn't mean he is accessible to the masses, but none the less, he is truly a unique voice in the world of music. 

Originally a member of the influential electro rock group, P-MODEL, Hirasawa continued into a solo career with the focus of breaking musical molds and constantly redefining how music is presented. Wether through his political activism, his solar powered music studio, interactive concerts or philosophical themes, Hirasawa's music demonstrates the potential dichotomies of man & machine while simultaneously utilizing both to present his art.

Some of you may be familiar with Hirasawa due to his contributions to the anime world, composing soundtracks to several films and series, particularly those of the legendary Satoshi Kon. It was Kon's series "Paranormal Agent" that initially made me familiar with Hirasawa and I've been grateful ever since. 

The two albums featured in this post are Hirasawa's first two solo efforts and while not as strong as the bulk of his catalog, they do highlight the initial framework that Hirasawa has built since. If these albums don't meet you fancy, I still urge you to check out the rest of his albums as I post them. Hirasawa is one of my favorite Japanese singers and there is no one else with a sound comparable to his. Enjoy! 



時空の水 (1989)

1. ハルディン・ホテル

2. 魂のふる里
3. コヨーテ
4. ソーラ・レイ
5. 仕事場はタブー
6. デューン
7. フローズン・ビーチ
8. 時空の水
9. スケルトン・コースト公園
10. 金星







サイエンスの幽霊 (1990)

1. 世界タービン

2. ロケット
3. フィッシュ・ソング
4. カウボーイとインディアン
5. QUIT
6. アモール・バッファー
7. 夢みる機械
8. テクノの娘
9. FGG



Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ha Soo Bin Studio Album Discography


Here's another blast from the past that I hope some of you will enjoy! 

Ha Soo Bin started her short career in her late teens during the early 90's, producing some great tunes. With her child-like voice and innocent demeanor, she quickly gained many admirers but after releasing her second album she left the music business to pursue other interests. She dabbled in acting, released books of poetry and explored other assorted avenues of art before breaking a 16 year hiatus to release her most recent album in 2010.

While I prefer the music her counterpart of sorts, Kang Suji, Ha Soo Bin certainly has a unique aura to her music that I really enjoy. Her coy composure comes through in her voice and you truly feel her "innocence" so to speak. She sort of reminds me of a "shy" Eri Nitta (if that makes any sense lol). 

Her music is typical fair for the time, but the two mesh together very well and each of her albums has a great assortment of pop arrangements. "노노노노노" was the first song I heard of hers a few years ago and I think it perfectly demonstrates who she is as an artist during her early career.

I really hope you check these out if you're looking for a nostalgic trip to a time when music artist were "more subdued" haha. They're great listens and I hope everyone enjoys!  Thanks to the now defunct Kpopspy for these albums! 






Lisa in Love (1992)

1. 더이상 내게 아픔을 남기지 마
2. 노노노노노
3. 너는 나의 사랑의 이름
4. 햇살과 같은 그대의 미소
5. I'm Falling in Love
6. 잊혀져 가는 건
7. 아름다운 너
8. 사랑의 왈츠















The Heart of... (1993)


1. 그대 나를 떠나가나요
2. 그대 눈에 젖은 나
3. 날 잊어야해
4. 마지막 소녀기 (별. 소녀)
5. 나
6. 처음 사랑이야기
7. 날 대신하기에 충분한 그대
8. 그대 나를 떠나가나요(Remix)












The Persistence Of Memory (2010)

1. Island (내 그리운 나라)
2. Memories
3. A Lovely Day
4. 아이리스 정원
5. 노르웨이 숲
6. 파리엔 비가 와요
7. La Stella
8. 카사블랑카
9. Lake Louise
10. 고백
11. 사랑한 후에
12. 여름 방학
13. The Winner
14. Sky Walker (Dedicated To My Fans)
15. Happy Birthday
16. Oia




Monday, March 24, 2014

Hiroko Yakushimaru: PRIMAVERA

I'm pretty positive this isn't anywhere else online and I was super excited to come across it on ebay! Most of her catalog is really expensive and when I found this for $3 I had to get it! 

PRIMAVERA is Hiroko Yakushimaru's second to last full length and it would be about 7 years until she released her final studio album 恋文. The album has a great early 90's feel mixed with upbeat pop tracks and Hiroko's signature powerful ballads. While there isn't particularly a stand out track in my opinion compared to her earlier works, it's a fantastic listen and Hiroko's voice still remains one of the most unique in the history of J-pop. 

Two of my favorite tracks ふたりの宇宙 and DESTINY were composed by the one and only Ryuichi Sakamoto. 星の王子さま was composed by Akiko Yano and any fan can assuredly hear her signature sound. I highly recommend everyone check this out! Enjoy!



PRIMAVERA (1991)

1. PRIMAVERA
2. 心の片隅で
3. 留守番電話のHAPPY BIRTHDAY
4. 冬の青空
5. もう泣かないで
6. ふたりの宇宙
7. 星の王子さま (MATTINA MIX)
8. 私の町は今、朝
9. DESTINY
10. 風に乗って (PRIMAVERA MIX)






Thursday, March 6, 2014

OFF COURSE - i(ai)

I hate that I don't have time to write an in depth bio for the band but I wanted to post this because it's great and a fantastic introduction to the band's catalog. 

Off Course is a fantastic soft rock/folk rock band from Japan who grew to be very popular during the 70's/80's. While they were knocked a bit for being too sentimental and singer Kazumasa Oda's higher vocal register, their talent for songwriting is undeniable. The singles I posted below are a little more up tempo then most of their songs, but if you enjoy the sounds of 60's baroque pop and 70's soft rock, you'll have a great time listening to this band. I was very excited to come across this and I hope you enjoy it too!


Special thanks to the anonymous JPDDL uploader!





















i(ai) (2006)

Disc 1

1. 愛を止めないで
2. Yes-No
3. 言葉にできない
4. 秋の気配
5. さよなら
6. めぐる季節
7. 水曜日の午後
8. 僕の贈りもの
9. 別れの情景(2)-もう歌は作れない
10. 愛の唄
11. 眠れぬ夜
12. 夏の終り
13. 風に吹かれて
14. 思いのままに
15. 私の願い
16. 心はなれて



Disc 2

1. 僕等の時代
2. YES-YES-YES
3. 時に愛は
4. 愛の中へ
5. 哀しいくらい
6. せつなくて
7. 一億の夜を越えて
8. いくつもの星の下で
9. Christmas Day
10. I LOVE YOU
11. 君が、嘘を、ついた
12. 夏の日
13. 緑の日々
14. 君の倖せを祈れない
15. 君住む街へ
16. 生まれ来る子供たちのために



Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Akiko Yano: 峠のわが家 & ホントのきもち

These two gems come from a new friend to the site, Lynx. He has graciously provided me the links to these albums and allowed me to upload them to my site! I've been looking for these two for a while and now I'm two albums closer to completing Ms. Yano's discography.

A BIG THANK YOU TO YOU LYNX!!!

He also dabbles in music sharing as well through his youtube account which can be found here~

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnrMo6uhfBNlMqIIXhcan9A

It features some fantastic albums from various J-artists, most of which is brand new to me!

Check it out, I promise you won't regret it!

I've been able to interact with so many people around the world thanks to this blog and I am very happy that this community is filled with kind; generous individuals who can come together through the love of music! Enjoy!





峠のわが家 (1986)


1. The Girl of Integrity
2. David
3. ちいさい秋みつけた
4. 一分間
5. おてちょ。(Drop me a Line)
6. 海と少年 ***
7. 夏の終り
8. そこのアイロンに告ぐ ***
9. Home Sweet Home








ホントのきもち (2004)

1. 行かないで
2. N.Y.C.
3. まっ赤なビー玉
4. House of Desire (Burnin' Down)
5. おいてくよ
6. Night Train Home (acoustic version)
7. Too Good To be True
8. Our Lives
9. Nobuko
10. Night Train Home