Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Masami Tsuchiya: Time Passenger, Mod'Fish & 森の人~Forest People

Woke up this morning with tonsillitis, so no work today but I'm missing the school field trip. At least I have a day to rest up a bit. So here are the remainder of Masami Tsuchiya's works. Time Passenger, his last solo effort of the 80's, has a distinct middle eastern theme with the album including quite a bit more experimental instrumentation then his previous efforts. However it still holds a familiar "Masami" sound and compliments his career up till that point. Shortly afterwards, he moved to London and it would be nearly a decade before he would release the Mod'Fish EP. With the exception of two tracks, Mod'Fish travels into bold new territories for Masami with a "electronic avant-pop" sound. This is not surprising, as many of his peers had already explored this territory earlier in the decade. I feel though, Mod'Fish utilizes the distinct 90's drum&bass samples heard in much of the "trip-hop/experimental electronica" giving it kind of like a "Masami meets Massive Attack" feel. Masami then moved further down the road of electronic experimentation with the "environmental/fantasy themed" 森の人~Forest People. In some ways I think its the most experimental album in his entire catalog and what started on Mod'Fish really finds its home on this album. He even get some help from friends, Mick Karn and Atsushi Sakurai! Sadly, he has not released any more solo material since this point. However as of 2008, he has been a member of the group "VITAMIN-Q featuring ANZA" but I hope that someday soon we will get at least one more Masami album. Enjoy!

3. 太陽とラムセス
4. 水鏡
5. ラヴ・ラヴ・ラヴ
7. 詩人達の血

1. Sea Monstar
2. Frank
3. Mod' Fish
4. Welcome
5. Alexis

Mick Karn on bass

1. 森のプレリュード
2. 真夏の夜の森
3. 森の天使
4. 雨の森の人
5. ガラスの森
6. 南の森の出来事
7. ボジョレー氏の森
8. 黒い森
9. 森になる日
10. 小さな森の人
11. ローズマリーの森
12. 森の妖精のメッセージ

Atsushi Sakurai on vocals


Corwyn said...

Zach! Sorry to hear that you are unwell. Nice posting of great albums. I will generate a want - list of Akina's albums which I spotted on your blog and I will get that to you by Friday or so. I could post some of Akina's albums (as well as Momoe's) as well for the those who missed out after the closure of some sites. You take care of yourself buddy!

Corwyn said...

Zach, the following is my Akina wish / want list from your blog:

1) Folk Album Complete Vol. 1 & 2
2) ムード歌謡 〜歌姫昭和名曲集バラード・ベスト~25th ANNIVERSARY SELECTION
3) I Hope So
4) 歌姫3~終幕
5) BEST FINGER ~25th Anniversary Selection
6)ZERO album~歌姫I
7)Akina Nakamori ~歌姫 ダブル・ディケイド~ (2002)
8)Regeneration ~Nakamori Akina Remix~ (1998)
9) Regeneration ~Nakamori Akina Remix II~ (1998)
10) Will (1999)
11) VAMP (1996)
12) SPOON (1998)
13) True Album ~Akina 95 Best~

It is quite a bit I realize but there is absolutely no rush whatsoever so please take your time.

I could post
Shaker + 3
La Alteracion
Unbalance + Balance
Cross of Palm
Femme Fatale

if there is demand. I am sure that there are many Akina's fans out there who want to update their collection. thank you again