Though not many Japanese citizens would know him by name, Takashi Kokubo is one of the nation’s most-listened-to composers. This is due to the fact that, among commissions that include work for anime films and environmental music, he has also come up with both a well-known phone alert sound to warn people of imminent earthquakes and a common jingle that goes with contactless payments. Back in 1987 he composed a tie-in score to a high-end Sanyo air conditioner entitled Get At The Wave. The music - made with the intention of transporting the listener away from the domestic realm to a land of gentle breezes and palm trees - has since become a long-sought-after work of work of Balearic ambience. Here it is, repackaged with a new B-side, by Lag Records under the title A Dream Sails Out To Sea.
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Music that was once made to promote Sanyo’s line of high-end air conditioning units, I kid you not, laid down on tape by not-quite-as-obscure-as-you-might-think Japanese composer Takashi Kokubo (he has made plenty of environmental pieces, including a nationwide earthquake alert for mobile phones). Originally released as a very limited picture disc LP in 1987 by Sanyo themselves, A Dream Sails Out To Sea (Get At The Wave) was designed to take the consumer away into a dreamlike idyll away from the commotion and air pollution of city life.
Sounding like a lost Balearic classic, synths are complemented by ‘natural sounds’ captured by Kokubo and it is indeed a sound heavy with atmosphere, evoking tropical island living where you are surrounded by crystal clear oceans, lagoons where exotic looking fish swim freely and there’s a constant fresh and cooling breeze. You need not even think about living under a roof nor require modernities like electricity ever again, in this lush sound-world featuring tinkling keyboards, softly harmonising piano (‘Breath of Blue Water’) and of course an abundance of new-age synth washes. Tranquil as anything ever made.
Limited edition, remastered reissue on, of course, transparent blue vinyl.
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