June 30, 2015

Inoyama Land - Danzindan-Pojidon, 1983


Another one from Yen Records, the prolific label fronted by Yellow Magic Orchestra bandmates Yukihiro Takahashi and Haruomi Hosono, comes this gorgeous work. Inoyama Land was a duo of Yasushi Yamashita and Makoto Inoue, both past members of avant-pop ensemble Hikashu. Almost completely instrumental and very heavy on the synths, the beautiful simplicity of Danzindan-Pojidon feels like floating on a pond with nowhere to go and nothing to do. The record ranges from the rippling new-age ballet of "Wässer," to the more germanic and abstract "Collecting Net," to the pastoral flute on "Pon;" exploring repetitive and ambient synth patterns with just enough tension to keep this from being a squarely new age record. This album is not available for purchase anywhere.

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