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    As one-third of Yellow Magic Orchestra and an Academy Award-winning composer for his work on the soundtrack for The Last Emperor, synth pop innovator Ryuichi Sakamoto is among the most groundbreaking artists to have emerged since the late 70s. A musician's musician, Ryuichi Sakamoto has created intriguing musical unions with artists such as David Sylvian, Iggy Pop, Tony Williams, Bootsy Collins, Jacques Morelenbaum and many others.

    async is Ryuichi Sakamoto's first studio album in eight years. This is his most personal release as it follows a long fight against cancer from which Ryuichi Sakamoto emerged with a renewed and passionate creative energy.

    What kind of sounds/music do I want to listen to?

    async is the answer to this question Ryuichi has asked himself for the past several years. This is the album he is the most proud of which synthesizes all of his musical and sound interests. This is a journey through analog synth, the sounds of things and of places, an imaginary soundtrack to an Andrei Tarkovsky film and many others musical surprises.

    LP 1
    1. andata
    2. disintegration
    3. solari
    4. ZURE
    5. walker
    6. stakra
    7. ubi
    8. fullmoon


    LP 2
    1. async
    2. tri
    3. LIFE, LIFE
    4. honj
    5. ff
    6. garden
    7. water state 2

    Ryuichi Sakamoto
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    Let's Dance Raw


    Japanese Singer-Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist's
    Follow-up To 2012's How To Live With A Phantom


    Japanese singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shintaro
    Sakamoto returns with a new full-length, Let's Dance Raw, which
    Other Music Recording Co. (distributed by Fat Possum) releases on
    September 16. The album is the follow-up to Sakamoto's solo debut,
    the otherworldly folk-pop masterpiece How to Live with a Phantom
    (2012, Other Music).


    While How to Live with a Phantom was the first many around the
    globe knew of Sakamoto, he has long been an icon in his homeland,
    having long fronted the psychedelic phenomenon Yura Yura Teikoku,
    a Tokyo-based band that emerged from Koenji's legendary UFO
    Club scene and, across their 20-year trajectory, achieved mainstream
    success throughout the country. Following the group's break-up in
    2010, Sakamoto began working on How to Live with a Phantom, a bold
    stylistic departure that eschewed Yura Yura Teikokou's psychedelic
    freak-outs for a much quieter and harder-to-define sound.


    From first glimpse of the cover of Let's Dance Raw, it's clear that
    once again, we are entering uncharted territory. The record's sleeve,
    painted by Sakamoto, features the artist sitting upon a black throne,
    a steel guitar resting on his knee like a child being protected from
    the ominous mushroom cloud of smoke billowing behind him.
    A grinning skull has replaced Sakamoto's face. This dichotomy of
    bright, innocent beauty and subtle perversity is the essence of Let's
    Dance Raw, with Sakamoto moving even further from the tough
    underground power-trio psychedelic rock of his former band.


    He hinted at the new sound throughout his solo debut, and here
    the music is blown wide open, with the steel guitar as the unifying
    force throughout. Sakamoto purchased and learned how to play the
    instrument just prior to writing and recording Let's Dance Raw, and
    it enriches the post-apocalyptic exotica on these ten songs, fusing
    together the bright and breezy shimmer of Hawaiian slack-key hula
    melodies, the dusty shuffle of southwestern desert blues, and the
    space-age bachelor-pad music of postwar suburban dreamers. The
    result is an album that revisits the soundtracks of musical escapism
    made popular in postwar American and Japanese cultures-and
    deftly updates them.


    It's all anchored by deep, jazzy grooves straight out of a 1970s
    AM radio broadcast, and peppered with flourishes of Brazilian and
    Latin percussion throughout. Atop the music, Sakamoto sings of the
    human race's downfall, the weight of the lyrics made contrastingly
    perverse via duets with robotic vocoder voices and helium-voiced
    cartoon chipmunks cooing in an unsettling fashion alongside him.
    While Sakamoto once again handles the bulk of the instrumental
    duties, faithful drummer and percussionist Yuta Suganuma also
    returns for this set, as well as bassist AYA, on loan from fellow Japanese
    psychedelic explorers OOIOO.

    1. Future Lullaby
    2. Birth Of The Super cult
    3. Extremely Bad Man
    4. Let's Dance Raw
    5. Like An Obligation
    6. Gently Disappear
    7. You Can Be A Robot, Too
    8. Why Can't I Stop?
    9. Never Liked You, But Still Nostalgic
    10. This World Should Be More Wonderful
    Shintaro Sakamoto
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  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Soundtrack Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Soundtrack Quick View

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    Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Soundtrack

    During World War II, British soldier Jack Celliers (David Bowie) is captured by Japanese forces and held in a prison camp. The officers become intrigued with Celliers' open defiance in the face of their old-world ideas about cowardice and shame. Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto is one of the world's best musicians. He creates music with a unique style that combines classical, symphonic composition, Japanese traditional sounds and experimental electronic music. The soundtrack also contains a vocal performance by David Sylvian, best remembered as leader of the popular U.K. rock band Japan.
    1. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
    2. Batavia
    3. Germination
    4. A Hearty Breakfast
    5. Before The War
    6. The Seed and The Sower
    7. A Brief Encounter
    8. Ride, Ride, Ride (Celliers' Brother's Song)
    9. The Fight
    10 Father Christmas
    11. Dismissed
    12. Assembly
    13. Beyond Reason
    14. Sowing The Seed
    15. 23rd Psalm
    16. Last Regrets
    17. Ride, Ride, Ride (Reprise)
    18. The Seed
    19. Forbidden Colours - By Ryuichi Sakamoto / David Sylvian
    Ryuichi Sakamoto
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    The Revenant Soundtrack

    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Matte Tip-On Gatefold Jacket


    Limited Edition Of 3000 On Pearlescent Colored Vinyl


    Following the success of 2014's Birdman (Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director), director Alejandro G. Iñárritu pushes the limits of film making with the survival epic The Revenant. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic, Wolf of Wall Street), Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dark Knight Rises) and shot in the frozen Canadian wilderness with only natural lighting, The Revenant is a story of loss, revenge and resilience in the face of impossible odds against the furies of man and nature itself. The film is heavily favored to be a critical darling as awards season gets under way. Director Iñárritu has chosen to forgo almost all dialogue in favor of a gorgeous soundscape and a sweeping score. A film of this magnitude deserves a composer who understands creative artistry and unbridled passion. Japanese master and Oscar winner Ryuichi Sakamoto (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor) fits the bill perfectly. Along with fellow Yellow Magic Orchestra member and frequent collaborator Alva Noto, Sakamoto has created a gripping soundtrack that is sure to be a treat for the winter crowds. Bryce Dessner (writer for Kronos Quartet and the LA Phil) also supplies additional music.


    This is a limited pressing of 3,000 copies on pearlescent colored vinyl (one translescent blue, one cloud white).

    LP 1
    1. The Revenant Main Theme
    2. Hawk Punished
    3. Carrying Glass
    4. First Dream
    5. Killing Hawk
    6. Discovering River
    7. Goodbye To Hawk
    8. Discover Buffalo
    9. Hell Ensemble
    10. Glass And Buffalo Warrior Travel
    11. Arriving At The For Kiowa
    12. Church Dream
    13. Powaqa Rescue


    LP 2
    1. Imagining Buffalo
    2. The Revenant Theme 2
    3. Second Dream
    4. Out Of Horse
    5. Looking For Glass
    6. Cat & Mouse
    7. The Revenant Main Theme Atmospheric
    8. Final Fight
    9. The End
    10. The Revevant Theme (Alva Noto Remodel)

    Ryuichi Sakamoto
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  • How To Live With A Phantom (On Sale) How To Live With A Phantom (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    How To Live With A Phantom (On Sale)

    How to Live with a Phantom is a bold stylistic departure, even for an artist whose career has been defined by them. It is a single-minded exploration of the sounds of 1970s radio pop from around the globe, combining American folk-rock and the evocative Japanese pop music that was influenced by it, but simultaneously referencing everything from French pop to Afro-funk, tropicalia, Krautrock and the lighter side of psychedelia. Most of the songs are built around Sakamoto's hypnotic electric-bass grooves (he learned to play for these recordings), a crisp drum set and bubbling percussion, layered with dreamy guitars and vintage synthesizers, and topped by meticulously arranged female vocal harmonies, horns, and Sakamoto's own languid yet deeply expressive lead vocals. It's a set that's both sun-drenched and full of melancholy, and while the musical references and inspirations may be clear, How to Live with a Phantom is a wholly original album that will connect to a broad spectrum of listeners - from folk and pop aficionados to world music fans, psych-heads and many more.



    We could not be more excited about How to Live with a Phantom as Other Music Recording Co.'s debut full-length, and we know you will be as moved by this record as we are!

    1. In A Phantom Mood
    2. You Just Decided
    3. My Memories Fade
    4. Mask On Mask
    5. A Stick And Slacks
    6. A Gleam Of Hope
    7. Dancing With Pain
    8. Something's Different
    9. How To Live With A Phantom
    10. Small But Enough
    Shintaro Sakamoto
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    Salt On Sea Glass

    Petra Haden and Yuka Honda first crossed paths in the '90s when they were members of That Dog and Cibo Matto respectively. Since then they've each had one foot in pop music and one foot in the avant garde.


    Petra Haden has released groundbreaking vocal projects Imaginaryland and Petra Haden Sings The Who Sell Out, performed and recorded with Beck, Foo Fighters and The Decemberists.


    Yuka Honda has released 3 experimental electronic albums on John Zorn's Tzadik label, while also producing Japanese pop artists, including Miu Sakamoto and Maki Nomiya.


    If By Yes' debut album Salt on Sea Glass is guaranteed to seduce you with utterly exquisite and playful sensibilities, futuristic rhythms, other-wordly sounds. Special guests include David Byrne (vocals/lyrics) on Eliza, guitarist Nels Cline and remixes by Keigo Cornelius Oyamada.

    1. You Feel Right
    2. Eliza
    3. Three As Four
    4. Imagino
    5. Still Breathing
    6. In My Dreams
    7. Shadow Blind
    8. You're Something Else
    9. Out Of View
    10. Lightning In Your Eyes
    11. Adrift
    If By Yes
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    Moody Coup

    Co La is the primary project of musician and producer Matt Papich, whose
    explorations of sample-based electronic music have culminated in Moody
    Coup.


    The emotional palette of Moody Coup, Papich's second album and rst for
    Software Recording Co., is more complex than its exuberant predecessor
    Daydream Repeater (NNA Tapes 2011). Where that record's relentlessly
    bucolic tone drew from the saccharine core of reggae, exotica, and 60s girl
    groups, the bedrock of Moody Coup is elusive and abstract.
    The various genre coinages that have been tagged to Co La's music before
    - new exotica, Avant-luxury, furniture music, etc. - fail to accommodate the
    brainier obsessions behind Moody Coup's genesis. A new brand of alchemy
    occurs in the album, where cryptic sources are enhanced and embellished
    to a point of transcendence. This departure is the brilliant process o of Co
    La's unpredictable electronic music.


    Highlights of Moody Coup include Remarkable Features, which
    consolidates the prior seismic scope of Daydream Repeater into a dance
    oor standout. Deaf Christian transforms a Neil Sedaka doo-wopper into
    a mesmerizingly dark House cut, complete with synth chasms and haunting
    voice chants (supplied here and throughout the record by Angel
    Deradoorian). The meticulously crafted Suspicious ventures into more
    calming pastures -- an extra dimensional, dubbed-out take on the Psychic
    TV gem by the same name.


    At the outset of Moody Coup, Sukiyaki (To Die For) melodically alludes
    to the Kyu Sakamoto song Sukiyaki." The original was penned as a
    mournful assessment of post-war Japan's relationship to the US, albeit
    dressed by Sakamoto as a love song. Ironically, Sukiyaki became a hit
    oversees in the US and was later covered by A Taste of Honey. Rather than
    translating the lyrics, A Taste of Honey set new words to the original
    melody. (Stranger still, the word Sukiyaki itself refers to a Japanese hot
    dish.)


    It's important to note that the wide range of reference sources does not
    serve Moody Coup as a supercial demonstration of Papich's eclectic taste.
    Instead, all of the micro pieces function mosaically, creating an impression
    at a macro level that is extremely potent as music as well as concept. Co
    La's intellectual obsessions are rooted in questions about how music is
    dilated by the cultures who created it and the power structures that shape
    those cultures (see Sukiyaki), while his musical obsessions are always
    rooted in the sensual, the beautiful and the immediate.


    Papich describes the working Co La method on Moody Coup as
    "employing the hegemony of delete." He likes to be interrupted, and is
    fond of working in places where domestic concerns are on equal terms with
    studio practice. Much of Moody Coup was made in the kitchen of Papich's
    Baltimore home -- a place where he describes having the "best
    interruptions." Assistant to Papich's production was friend Joe Williams,
    who programmed and performed all synths. Tracks were additionally
    consolidated from eld recordings, samples and composed in Ableton Live
    and mixed in Brooklyn at Gary's Electric Studio, located at the Software HQ.

    1. Sukiyaki To Die For
    2. Melter's Delight
    3. Remarkable Features
    4. Deaf Christian
    5. Un
    6. Suspicious (Sandman Fix)
    7. Baby's Breath
    8. Head in Hole in Space
    9. Sympathy Flinch
    10. Make it Slay (Barbershop Solo)
    Co La
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    Opening

    For years, I've imagined the work I do in music, photography, and video all coming into one space, says music-tech guru Christopher Willits from his home in San Francisco. It's an ambition that many musicians have aspired to, but nonetheless seems especially befitting of a worldly polymath like Willits. I believe that sound and light, when used intentionally, have the power to transform and inspire our imaginations, he continues. I believe that art has an ability to awaken our connection to everything. And that is exactly what he has set out to do with OPENING, the veteran Ghostly artist's immersive new audio-visual project.


    Across seven tracks of widescreen ambient music, 45 minutes of visuals shot over four years in multiple countries, seven bespoke photographs, and a multi-sensory live performance, Willits has conceived and produced something which might better be thought of as an experience than a simple album. Of course, OPENING does feature Willits' latest music since Ancient Future, his 2012 collaboration with Japanese pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto, and the vibrant, enveloping sounds we've come to expect from him are on full display. The quiet majesty of Vision ushers us into the sacred world Willits created, a living universe which billows and heaves in the corners of slow-grooving songs like CLEAR and CONNECT or the
    textural minutiae and harmonic subtleties in GROUND. Closing out the album, WIDE and RELEASE o!er the listener a gentle comedown through 15 cumulative minutes of transcendent audio, with Willits' delicate guitar manipulations breathing life into the aether of prickly atmospheres and soft-glowing synths.


    The other integral facet to the experience of OPENING is Willits' visual work. After building a library of footage and images from his travels around California, Hawaii, Japan, and Thailand, Willits will unveil for the first time a portion of his videos as an abstract film, the seven scenes of which each correspond with a song and photo from the album. The
    45-minute piece uses music and a first-person perspective to tell what Willits calls a very ambiguous story, much in the vein of ground-breaking experimental films Koyaanisqatsi and Baraka. Taken as a whole, OPENING is unlike anything Willits has accomplished before, and maybe that's because the audio-visual project is about expanding one's mind to become something new. Or, as Willits puts it, OPENING is about transformation, the experience of changing oneself to be more of who you know you can be, and, ultimately, the joy that comes with that change.

    1. Vision
    2. Clear
    3. Ground
    4. Now
    5. Connect
    6. Wide
    7. Release
    Christopher Willits
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