Ooh, nice. the PAN people have a new offshoot which they're calling Entopia, specially for soundtracky things and this dreamy little belter of a long-player from Tujiko Noriko is their first release. The composer-film director-actor made this dreamy detachment to complement her film 'Kuro' (2017). Yet another Japanese gem to file alongside the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Haruomi Hosono and Midori Takada.
Vinyl LP £15.99 PAN89LP
LP on PAN incl. postcard with link to watch the film online + 16-page 11x11 inch booklet. Mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin.
CD £9.99 PAN89CD
CD on PAN.
PAN is expanding their wee empire into the realms of soundtracks - thankfully far from reissues of '80s gore flicks and Giallo OSTs on decomposing zombie ballbag coloured vinyl costing just shy of forty big ones. If the inaugural release is any indication of the future of their Entopia sister label then it promises to be a much more refined and forward-looking affair.
Tujiko Noriko is first up - a lady that’s made some delightful music over the years on esteemed imprints including both Mego and Editions Mego, FatCat, Room40, Tomlab etc. The audio she’s created for Kuro is essentially really lush dreamy ambient that works beautifully as a standalone piece of music. But, get this - not only did she create the sonics for the 2017 film, but she also wrote and directed it with Joji Koyama and also plays the lead role. So we’re talking moving images and sounds that are both pretty much entirely her vision meaning there’s no compromise or anything lost in translation - a very pure multidisciplinary statement. There’s been a huge resurgence in interest in Japanese ambient music in recent years with compilations and reissues galore. Not only is this record a soundtrack but also another gem to add to that rich legacy alongside artists like Hiroshi Yoshimura, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Haruomi Hosono, Midori Takada etc. After giving this a few spins there’s a haunting, lingering beauty in the air that makes me really wanna watch the film. I best get my wallet out cuz if you snag a copy you’ll get a postcard with a link to watch the film online.
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