Thursday, December 13, 2007

Hikashu-Natsu(+2),1980+Uwasa No Jinrui(The Human Being),1981,LPs,Japan





Hikashu is a long running sort of avant garde pop performance ensemble started in the late 1970s. Koichi Makigami(member of Tokyo Kid Brothers amongst others) is the lead vocalist and writes most of the material. He said they were "Like a play pretending to be a band"
From a synth standpoint Makoto Inoue and Yasushi Yamashita played synths in the original line up (which sounds to me generally more synth-oriented than later lineups), they left in the early 80s and among other things formed a synth duo Inoyama Land. For quite a while Hikashu used an alternative English spelling, Hikasu, without the second "h".
One of the greatest avant gardish pop/post punk acts in early 80s Japan.Jangling synth sounds,Koichi's strange vocals,psychedelic lyrics....Milestones of contemporary Japan music!
get them here and here




8 comments:

Fetalmishap said...

Super Super stuff!! Why Hikashu and P-Model haven't been hipsterized in the US yet is a mystery.

Robert said...

Legendary. (And re hipsters, Tzadik actually released a best of Hikashu in 2001).
Here's a stab at track romanization.

Natsu
1. Alternative Sun
2. Fushigi no March
3. Pike
4. Iruka no Warau
5. Morning Water
6. Nazo no Jumon
7. Oasis no yume
8. Mask
9. Fuyaketa...
10. Suika no koushin
11. Bino Pike
12. Hitomi no uta
13. Glass no Dance
14. 18sai no Don Quixote

Uwasa no Jinrui
1. To Aisukuron
2. Uwasa no Jinrui
3. Dekigoto
4. Taion
5. Atarashii buzoku
6. Yokisenu Ketsugou
7. Outcast
8. Nimaijita Otoko
9. Koibito
10. Shounin vacances
11. One of us
12. Nioi

fetalmishap said...

The Tzadik release wasn't really a Best Of but more an assortment of oddities, some previously unreleased. Some not so interesting tracks for sure. Probably included by Zorn just to create some head scratching. It does show their range early on.

By the way, the most recent Hikashu release is great! Very much in the vein of the early stuff.

alice said...

Awesome music...Thank you!

Anonymous said...

What format are the tracks in, they don't seem to be mp3s...

chinaski9@yahoo.com

Norm Loman said...

Thank you so much! I've been looking for Hikashu albums for a long time, but I've only got Hikashu History from Tzadik, and a 4 leg live bootleg that was made available on bit torrent. I have been a fan of Hikashu since I saw them in a NHK technopop special on youtube. Now I'll be able to own the albums! Thank you! You are the greatest!!!!!!!!!

darkrow said...

Any chance you could post their first album? Hikashu is amazing!

Anonymous said...

Any of the post-"Uwasa No Jinrui" Hikashu albums would be much appreciated; with the exception of Hikashu's very latest release, I can't find those recordings anywhere!