Monday, April 2, 2012

Mariah - うたかたの日々 2x12" (Better Days, 1983)

Side A
そこから...
視線

Side B
花が咲いたら

Side C
不自由な鼠
空に舞うまぼろし

Side D
心臓の扉
少年

This is a perfect record for the start of summer. Mariah was the brainchild of Yasuaki Shimizu, whose confounding IQ-179 LP I posted earlier. While that album was very much in the schizophrenic vein of Wha-Ha-Ha, the Mariah stuff is more pop-progish and palatable. I've actually seen them compared to Toto... which, to my chagrin, I can actually kinda understand. Rich, warm, percussive... kinda pseudo-African at some times, in a kinda Byrne & Eno sense. Lyrics sung in Japanese and Armenian (!), which makes for a pretty cool lyric book. An absolutely wonderful record from beginning to end... highly recommended!!

3 comments:

ECno8 said...

woooo hooooo school's out! more posts! can't wait. i'm slowin down over at my blog due to thesis work through august. blargh!

twyndyllyng said...

This is one of the great worksof 80s japan

Anonymous said...

Excellent pan global, fourth world ambient pop!