Bloody hell. Makoto Inoue and Yasushi Yamashita have been making Ambient and New Age sounds for over four decades as Inoyama Land (see what they did there?) Here is a collection spanning the years 1977 to 2000 and this remastered LP perfectly exemplifies the nostalgic and pastoral synthesizer- led sound that has become their trademark. Comes with interview, liner notes and photos. Essential for all fans of transcendental new age and lost documents.
Staff note from Jamie:
Glorious sounds which hover and permeate the ether; pastoral shades spanning the rainbow of sounds from New Age through to Eno-esque Ambient. Herein lies the heart of the sound produced by sound-explorers Makoto Inoue and Yasushi Yamashita, in their work together as Inoyama Land. Synthesizers gently burble, synths which these two lovingly programmed and set to 'Maximum Chill', on a collection spanning the years 1977 to 2000. As light as vapour and as delicious as dry ice... Just a taster here, sadly, but more to come soon -- once we have heard the full set! :)
Vinyl Double LP £41.99 EOS03LP
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I can't quite work out whether this new Inoyama Land collection makes me feel summery or wintery. On one hand it's deliciously bright and airy, the kind of thing to accompany a dewy July morning, but on the other hand it makes me want to leap around a frozen pond brandishing an icicle. Inoyama Land is made up of Makoto Inoue and Yasushi Yamashita whose work spans nearly forty decades.
This collection is basically made up of ambient pieces but there's soaring classical music on 'Sekai No Owari' and Terry Riley/Steve Reich-style minimalism on 'Kodama'. Vast, sweeping soundscapes are deftly rendered by huge reverbs and warm, glassy analogue synthesizers. I suppose the main feel of this record is of calm. The song titles, 'Sky Fish', 'Morn', 'Hair Air', invoke a kind of odd, static, beautiful image in which you can get lost. For a mostly electronic record, it still feels natural in the same way Mort Garson's 'Plantastia' does.
Inoyama Land deserve to be mentioned in the same breath of luminaries of the Japanese ambient tradition like Midori Takada and Haruomi Hosono. This collection shows a group that have consistently released their own brand of twinkly, soothing music.
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- Commissions: 1977-2000 by Inoyama Land
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