Solid gold reissue of Yasuaki Shimizu’s 1982 cult album ‘Kakashi’ –

A real masterpiece example of the album format, the notorious Saxophonist, producer, composer Yasuaki Shimizu (known also for working with bossman Ryuchi Sakamoto and for his ‘Music For Commercials’ LP) shows a real finesse at providing a fine, perfectly tread line between popular and experimental styles, served up with the utmost perfect pacing.
It’s an LP that has stood the test of time for a reason. The visionary meld of styles on offer here, is provided with an undeniable knack for musicianship, incorporating key, tempo and mood changes with pure ease – It really is a joy to listen to.
For example, the brooding, detuned intro section made up of unorthodox saxophone use, snapping right out of it, right into an upbeat, fully instrumental scenario that transports us right into that 80’s japanese jazz/pop bravado, before things mellow back into more esoteric nippon dub themes, even touching on Bristol post punk etiquette, before elating into higher themes of ambient instrumental bliss and segueing into wholly unexpected Mexican themes towards the end – these are just some of the details which Kakashi holds.
It really is full of surprises, musical brain exercises and total sonic pleasure.
It’s like opening a treasure box full of sounds, perfectly conserved through time, unfolding all the mystery you could want from a record.

TRACKLIST:
1.”Suiren”
2.”Kakashi”
3.”Kono Yo Ni Yomeri” (Sono 1)
4.”Semitori No Hi”
5.”Kono Yo Ni Yomeri” (Sono 2)
6.”Yune Dewa”
7.”Umi No Ue Kara”
8.”Utsukushiki Tennen”

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