Japan has produced some of the most innovative sounds from anywhere around the globe, with such musical pioneers as Haruomi Hosono, Maki Asakawa, and Hiroshi Yoshimura, who, in a perfect world, would stand tall alongside Western greats like James Brown, Joni Mitchell, and Brian Eno.
We are beyond proud to announce our Japan Archival Series, a painstakingly curated selection of the most captivating sounds to come from the island nation. Largely unknown outside of Japan, this music that has been tantalizingly out of reach for decades will now finally be available stateside.
This series will feature dozens of releases, including new anthologies Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973; Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1975-1985; and Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990. We are also excited about a very special project involving one of the most respected and influential artists in Japan. The first release in the series is detailed below. Stay tuned for more information on the series!
The inaugural release in our Japan Archival Series, Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973 includes songs by Happy End, Haruomi Hosono, Maki Asakawa, Sachiko Kanenobu, Kenji Endo, and many others who emerged from the angura (underground) scenes of Vietnam War-era Japan and became some of the most important artists of their generation. This is the first-ever fully licensed compilation of this music to be released outside Japan and includes original artwork by illustrator Heisuke Kitazawa and a 20 page book with extensive liner notes & bios.
Click to hear preview track ”Arthur Hakase No Jinriki Hikouki” by Kazuhiko Kato