February 05, 2011

Cochin Moon - Haruomi Hosono [1978]

Hosono's final 70's solo contribution: the delightfully bizarre Cochin Moon, soundtrack to a space-age Bollywood romance that never was. Bonus design by Japanese pop artist Tadanori Yokoo (see pink tentacle for more Yokoo sleeves).

First few tracks all twittering synth -  moon on jungle, sea, birds and night sounds. Playful. Like Hosono's just bought some new circuitry and can't wait to try it out (or maybe credit Sakamoto's enthusiasm, also on synth duties). YMO-ophiles will also want to know that Hideki Matsutake is on the sequencer programming case.

Proceedings wind up with perky Indian electropic-pop on closing two tracks but in truth this is a treat from start to finish.

Oddi wrth y brawd
happy end

BTW Track 1. 02:12 - name company who sampled, and did Hosono get paid?


Moon Ra said...

This is mad ! Thanx, it's just great.

David Elliott said...

Great. Got lots of Hosono post-80s albums and have heard bits of 70s stuff, but not heard this before. Surprisingly good.

Y Brawd said...

Cheers Moon Ra. You're close without realising it: at 02:12 track 1 it's the noise used by THX production comapny. For Y brawd it's a proustian moment that recalls 80s video store rentals.