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UK label Lag Records to reissue Koharu Kisaragi and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s “Neo-Plant” single :.

UK label Lag Records to reissue Koharu Kisaragi and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s “Neo-Plant” single :.

Brand new UK label Lag Records is reissuing the first and only single taken from Koharu Kisaragi’s 都会の生活 Tokai No Seikatsu LP from 1986. The single, Neo-Plant cowritten and produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto is accompanied in the B-side by a Japanese inspired folk type of lullaby “Traumerei” and the instrumental “Tail”. Even for big Sakamoto fans having never heard of this before is very natural, you can imagine that this was my first contact with this work too.

My first impression is the clear and strong theatrical vocal rendering of Koharu Kisaragi who left us too early, 14 years after her very short musical career. Singer, songwriter, dramatist and theater director joins Sakamoto’s industrial/synthpop, synth-funk with a no wave stance making this sublime avant-garde piece pairing only with the mastery of F.O.E (Friends Of Earth).

Neo-plant has been cut using the original master tapes by King Records engineers in Japan. The record comes with all its original artwork including the obi and insert with English and Japanese lyrics on standard black 12” vinyl. Sadly the copies are out of stock on Lag Records website but you can try other digital stores like Juno or Amazon.
 

 

Rámon

September 26th, 2017

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