Label: Windham Hill
Year: 1985 Japanese Press
What a beauty this Windham Hill re-press from 1985 is. Those who bought the Kankyo Ongaku Japanese ambient boxset - which let's face it, most of you did - will know Interior for the wonderfully bucolic innervisions of 'Park', which also features as the last track on their debut. Beautiful as it is, it's not entirely representative of the album, nor the other Japanese music it's been filed alongside. While produced by Hosono and recalling in parts a slightly more linear YMO, to these ears at least it's on a similar wave to a lot of German music of the era - E.M.A.K, Cluster, Harmonia. Reflexive, explortive electronic music that takes some of the formalist aspects of jazz, prog, proto-electronic, even muzak, and extends out into a utopic fantasyland all of its own design. Haven't seen this record talked about as much as some its contemporaries, but it's fully deserving of just as much of your attention. A high watermark of the era.