Ambient Japan 1980s: Mariah / Yasuaki Shimizu / Midori Takada

Last year’s Palto Flats reissue of the 1983 lp Mariah — Utakata No Hibi (the final record under that moniker, originally released on the super-cool Better Days label), has spawned a renewed interest in the Japanese composer and bandleader Yasuaki Shimizu -- and for good reason.

Shimizu, the brains behind the Mariah records, was looking way beyond . . .

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