KAKASHI

2017 reissue (CD, LP)
Remastered
Palto Flats/ WRWTFWW Records PF-007/WRWTFWW-21

2015 reissue (HQCD)
Nippon Columbia COCB-54148

1982 original release (LP)
Nippon Columbia YF-7061-BD
  • 1
    Suiren
  • 2
    Kakashi
    Suiren (Water-lillies)
    Lyrics: Aki Ikuta
    Translation: Johnny Barrett

    water-skin
    water-bed
    water-lillies
    foot-steps

    water-bed
    fisher-man
    stone-lump
    foot-steps flowing
    washed
    lingering
    retreating

    flows
    elsewhere
    clouded
    retreating
  • 3
    Kono yoni Yomeri (Sono 1)
  • 4
    Semi Tori no Hi
  • 5
    Kono yoni Yomeri (Sono 2)
  • 6
    Yume dewa
    Yume dewa (In dreams)
    Lyrics: Aki Ikuta
    Translation: Johnny Barrett

    in dreams
    from a cloud
    gigantic
    forests came into sight

    when
    out of the blue
    I grew
    wings

    my body
    oh, how it floated
    into the sky of night
    to fall asunder.
  • 7
    Umi no Ue kara
  • 8
    Utsukushiki Tennen
    Utsukushiki Tennen (The great wonder)
    Lyrics: Hagoromo Takeshima
    Translation: Johnny Barrett

    ... birdsong thrills the air as the cape's waterfall
    thunders a ceaseless stream of season in ripple and roller; hark
    the strains of the Great Wonder breathe freely our makers' noble vision . . .

The album has its foundation in a minimal, dub-style approach, yet a central thread of stories told like haiku poems with simple conclusions runs throughout.

YS NOTES
  • In the liner notes for the 1992 reissue of this album Soichiro Suzuki wrote, “the Yasuaki Shimizu we know today starts here.” (Very true.)

Produced by Yasuaki Shimizu, Aki Ikuta
Composed by Yasuaki Shimizu, Hozumi Tanaka (8)

 

Yasuaki Shimizu: vocals, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone saxophone, electronics, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, trumpet, piano, mallets, drums, percussion, charango, electronics, tapes, toys, noises

 

Aki Ikuta: bass (6), guitar (7)
Hideo Yamaki: trap drums, bass drum, chanchiki, percussion (1, 2, 8)
Morio Watanabe: bass (1, 2, 7, 8), engawa: balafon, wind bells (8)
Takayuki Hijikata: guitar (1)
Masanori Sasaji: marimba (2)
Dompei Kanezaki: trumpet (4, 2, 8)
Johnny Barrett: Frenchman, Irishman (1)
Koji Yamaguchi: French horn (1)
Mitsuru Orikasa: cello (1)
Tomio Yajima: cello (2)

 

Recorded/mixed by Seigen Ono at Nippon Columbia (Tokyo)