February 22, 2016

Ippu-Do - Night Mirage, 1983


Ippu-Do was founded by Masami Tsuchiya in 1979 alongside Akira Mitake and Shoji Fujii. The band released five records, but Tsuchiya went on to release a slew of solo records as well as tour as a guitarist with Japan. With Steve Jansen replacing Shoji Fujii on drums, Night Mirage is a hulking play between towering new wave guitar, skewed synth pop, and avant-garde synth murk, with shades of calypso and a nod to Erik Satie.

The version I'm sharing is the 2006 Japanese re-issue, which includes Masami Tsuchiya's six-track experimental mini-album, Alone (1985). They're entirely instrumental, brooding, and very, very beautiful. Enjoy!


3 comments:

  1. This was every bit as good as the description. Many thanks for posting!

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  2. Hi! First of all, thanks for your work!
    This file appears to be corrupted on zippyshare. It says "Size: 0 MB".

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    1. thanks for pointing it out--link is fixed. cheers!

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