Haruomi Hosono & Tadanori Yokoo ‎– Cochin Moon

Light In The Attic ‎– LITA 174
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered


A1 Malabar Hotel: Ground Floor... Triangle Circuit On The Sea-Forest 2:33
A2 Malabar Hotel: Upper Floor...Moving Triangle 8:48
A3 Malabar Hotel: Roof Garden...Revel Attack 8:50
B1 Hepatitis 4:46
B2 Hum Ghar Sajan 8:48
B3 Madam Consul General Of Madras 9:02

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First ever release outside of Japan.
Translated interview with Haruomi Hosono.
Remastered from the original analog master tapes.

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  • Barcode: 826853017411

Other Versions (5 of 13) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SKS-28 横尾忠則*細野晴臣* 横尾忠則*細野晴臣* - Cochin Moon(LP, Album) King Records SKS-28 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
LITA174 Haruomi Hosono & Tadanori Yokoo Haruomi Hosono & Tadanori Yokoo - Cochin Moon(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red) Light In The Attic LITA174 US 2018 Sell This Version
K20A-631 Haruomi Hosono / Tadanori Yokoo Haruomi Hosono / Tadanori Yokoo - Cochin Moon(LP, Album, RP) King Records K20A-631 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
228A 73 Hosono* & Yokoo* Hosono* & Yokoo* - Cochin Moon(CD, Album, RE) King Records 228A 73 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
KICS-1139 横尾忠則*細野晴臣* 横尾忠則*細野晴臣* - Cochin Moon(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) King Records KICS-1139 Japan 2005 Sell This Version


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May 11, 2019
edited 12 months ago

In the same manner, as the importance of someone like Brian Eno, Van Dyke Parks, and Martin Denny are to the English speaking world, concerning exposing various 'foreign cultures,' the same can be said for Japan's Haruomi Hosono. He's like a combination of all three above. 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 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. Still, beyond that, it's all Hosono. Both got physically ill in India, which influences 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 electronic that flows consistently — an iconic electro album.


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!