Haruomi Hosono & Tadanori Yokoo ‎– Cochin Moon

Light In The Attic ‎– LITA 174
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May 11, 2019

In the same manner as the importance of someone like Brian Eno, Van Dyke Parks, and Martin Denny are to the English speaking world, with respect to exposing various 'foreign cultures' the same can be said for Japan's Haruomi Hosono. He's like a combination of all three above, but also a pioneer in the electronic music pop world as well. Once was (or is?) a member of The Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO), who are considered to be in a certain sense The Kraftwerk of Japan. Nevertheless, Hosono is a unique figure in Japanese contemporary music. He is very much a music historian as well as an artist who can blend various styles that become a Hosono stance.

"Cochin Moon" is an album he made with artist/illustrator Tadanori Yokoo, and it's basically an exotica electro-impressionistic tour of India. It's like Kraftwerk's "Autobahn," but on a culture that is foreign to both Hosono and Yokoo. The thing with Hosono he is also knowledgeable about Japanese music and its culture. It lurks around whenever he makes music, and there is a cultural 'pun' at work when he approaches music from the West, knowing quite well it's 'exotica' to him. That's one of the beautiful things about his entire catalog that it's an artist's approach at looking at the world around him - in images, imagination, in other words, an illusion.

Yokoo is the executive producer, and I suspect that it was his idea to do this album based on a trip to India that they took in the mid-1970s, but beyond that, it's all Hosono. Both got physically ill in India, which has an influence on this album. The last track is "Madam Consul General of Madras" which as legend has it, served Hosono and Yokoo some Japanese food, and therefore they were healed from what was illing them There are touches of Indian music on the album, but it's basically electronic that flows consistently.


October 10, 2018

An absolutely stellar pressing, one of the best sounding records in my collection, light in the attic did a great job on these reissues, well done!