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K Yoshimatsu . - Fossil Cocoon: The Music Of K. Yoshimatsu
Fossil Cocoon: The Music Of K. Yoshimatsu
Artist: K Yoshimatsu .
Format: Vinyl

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Label: PHANTOM LIMB
Rel. Date: 08/16/2024
UPC: 5053760117438

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DISC: 1

1. Violet
2. Jerusalem
3. 1848
4. Escape
5. Pastel Nostalgia
6. Poplar

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Cult Japanese outsider composer K. Yoshimatsu's key 1980's works are collected and reissued for the first time on new career retrospective Fossil Cocoon, binding ambient, abstract punk, music concréte and purist songwriting into a single unified artform.Over a furiously prolific period from 1980 to 1985, K. [Koshiro] Yoshimatsu composed, recorded and released some forty albums in the span of a few years. These records primarily appeared under his own name, some required aliases, and others saw him compose, arrange, and produce for friends and peers in his creative circle. All of them, however, surfaced on Japan's cult and inimitably fertile DD. Records, an astonishingly exhaustive catalogue once described as "the most amazing DIY effort ever undertaken to document an alternative music scene". Led by close Yoshimatsu associate T. [Tadashi] Kamada, DD. Records released exactly 222 cassettes of brazenly, addictively weird Japanese outsider music over a period of five years, each with typewritten liner notes and enigmatically constructed Xerox artwork of found materials. The cassettes remain the stuff of collectors' dreams, fetching astronomic prices on the rare occasions they surface in record stores or private sales. However, a keen archivist, Koshiro Yoshimatsu's master recordings remained in his possession (a not unreasonable outcome given that his work was all self-recorded in his home) and meticulously filed, ready for rediscovery.Over the breadth of Yoshimatsu's work - solo, ensemble, and in composition for labelmates - we see a remarkable generosity of musical talent. Some records (such as those produced for Fumie Yasamura, represented here in "Violet" and "Escape") are formed of hazy, gliding 4-track pop songs coursing with hallucinogenic electricity. Others, such as 1982's Poplar (and it's namesake track on this collection), combine bucolic nylon-string guitar rambles, vibrantly coloured with sequenced MIDI arpeggiation and the dulcet bloops of early computer programming. Deeper still, "Pastel Nostalgia", from the 1983 album of the same name, marries childlike piano with a wailing siren tone and dripping tap percussion. It is significantly creepier, more acerbic and disembodying than the ambient or New Age music of the era, despite a similarity in raw materials. Yoshimatsu's substantial catalogue now happily, newly sits in a neat collection as Fossil Cocoon, compressing his enormous abilities into single moments.