Shinichi Omata - Boku Neko Platanus (Expanded Edition) [180 Gram] [Remastered] | RECORD STORE DAY

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1. Platonische Liebe
2. Boyish Colour
3. Chikasyugisya No Yume
4. Metamorphose
5. Egyptische Knabe
6. Eien No Chaos
7. Modern Ballet II
8. Natsu No Koibitotachi E
9. Yoru No Gesui-Kan
10. Idola Fori - Take #1
11. Edgar Froese
12. Egyptische Knabe - Take #2
13. Munich
14. Weather Report
15. Insects
16. Hajishirazu No Tenshi - Completed Version
17. Lullaby for a Gloomy Morning
18. Idola Fori - Sitar Version

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The latest reissue from chOOn!! is Shinichi Omata's Boku·Neko·Platanus (Expanded Edition), the seventh release from the label that specializes in obscure, archival and forgotten releases. A Japanese synth curio? A lost techno-pop classic? So might run the standard view of the electronic album Boku·Neko·Platanus, recorded in 1984 by Shinichi Omata. The facts point that way. The futuristic Platonische Liebe and Omata's technodelic take on the traditional Greek folk track Omorfoula (here titled Egyptische Knabe) are timeless electro tracks with a radically simple pop concept and robotic flavour that closely echo Japan's most recognisable exports from the era - sounds and styles which rose to international prominence immediately following the economic boom that was taking shape in contemporary Japanese culture. But, focusing only on such fragments misses the greater charms of the album - an argument made more convincing by the inclusion in this expanded edition of an archive of unreleased material from the original recording period. The music spans an unusually broad and contrasting range of influences, exploring the possibilities of mood music, imaginary soundtracks and pop dissonance, while also borrowing widely from films and contemporary arts. How Omata transformed this vast range of influences into synth-pop is the real magic here. The original cassette edition was released by the Tokyo-based Indian grocery store, Ganso Nakaya Mugendo, located in the Koenji district of the city. During the early 1980s, interest in experimental music began to grow among a small group of committed local music fans and musicians. Small independent shops started playing a pivotal role in this nascent scene. First, they imported many of the obscure rarities that were gradually being reissued or bootlegged in the West. Later, as some of the regular customers and employees formed their own groups, many shop owners started establishing their own labels. Even then, Boku·Neko·Platanus was issued in extremely limited numbers - so much so that it's incredible it ever came to light at all. The album is perhaps best understood as an outsider one-off, adrift from place, style, market and audience.