Utakata Ni Hibi

Image of Mariah - Utakata Ni Hibi
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Palto Flats

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The 1983 cult-classic 'Mariah - Utakata No Hibi' sees its re-release for the first time. The long sought after final record on the legendary Better Days label, Utakata No Hibi is the culmination of composer and bandleader Yasuaki Shimizu's early-80s work, often compared to his contemporaries Ryuichi Sakamoto and Haruomi Hosono, as well as experimental new wavers Flying Lizards/David Cunningham, all of whom Shimizu has worked with. Recognized in Japan for the hit, 'Shinzo No Tobira,' the entire record is a masterful studio production of Japanese folk and pop idioms filtered through a chamber disco, new wave, synth production, sounding more relevant today than upon its release over 30 years ago. The packaging features additional artwork from Ira Okudaira, who created the original stunning jacket drawings. It retains the original double 12" 45 rpm play format, and includes a full English translation of the Japanese and Armenian lyrics on the printed inner sleeves.
RIYL: Blood Orange, YMO, Arthur Russell, Julee Cruise


Patrick says: Back again in limited amounts, Palto Flats excellent reissue of the sublime "Utakata Ni Hibi" from Mariah. One of the finest examples of Japanese new wave, this LP breezes through traditional Japanese instrumentation, minimalism, synth pop and angular excursions all with a beauty few others attained.


A1. Sokokara (From There...)
A2. Shisen (A Vision)
B1. Hana Ga Saitara (Were Flowers To Bloom)
C1. Fujiyu Na Nezumi (Three Blind Mice)
C2. Sora Ni Mau Maboroshi (A Dancing Chimera In The Sky)
D1. Shinzo No Tobira (My Life Is Big)
D2. Shonen (Boy)

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