Legendary musician Makoto Kubota describes Echo You Know as a “sound postcard from Los Angeles”, adding that he’d like to hear Yohei to produce the Beach Boys. Co-released by Japan’s Think! Records and his own fresh Passing By imprint, the record is the most fully realized effort of multi-instrumentalist Yohei Shikano.
Fresh off of a long summer on the road, the multi-instrumentalist recorded his inaugural Lagniappe Session soaked in the California sun of his outdoor garden studio (background cricket ambiance and all). In addition to tackling Jonathan Richman’s interpretation of fantasy exotica, the selections play tribute to his many lifelong influences dating back to childhood in Japan: deep cuts from the limitless worlds of Haruomi Hosono and Eiichi Ohtaki.
Edge of Your Dream is as much a singular song as it is a sonic visualization project. Pressed on a specialty flexi disc, the textured collage cover and inserts reference the accompanying music video. A dark and psychedelic forage, the synchronized animation seemingly explores an abstract, haunting thought experiment.
The human mind is an intriguing place, especially in the way we enforce patterns and structure on to the world around us. This includes the way we conflate events, even if they don’t technically connect. This idea is at the heart of a short animation by artist Mark Neeley called “Fragments” …