Monday, February 19, 2007

V/A - Foam DLP (YLEM YDL 0000) 1981

This is probably my favorite compilation of early 80's music from Japan. Both records are pressed on clear vinyl and limited to 1,000 copies. The package includes a printed brown paper sleeve w/ art and track info printed in silver ink. There are two intricately-cut thick cardboard sleeves with additional color sleeves inside those to protect the vinyl. These inner sleeves show through the die-cut shapes of the thicker cardboard . There are also a couple inserts, a leaf taped to the package, and a stick of gum.

I believe it is through this compilation that I discovered the world of Vanity records in the late 80's. Although this compilation was not released on Vanity, it includes several artists that released music on Vanity (RNA Organism, Perfect Mother, Mad Tea Party, Salaried Man Club). Aside from the Vanity artists, the most well-known act on here is an early Merzbow piece.

Overall, this is a top-notch collection, here are some of my favorites:

A.T. Rhythm - 'Silence': Minimal no wave funk w/ electronics, guitar & female vocals.

Shinobu - 'Hello, Little One!': Ambient guitar licks over sparse electronic percussion with an occasional keyboard melody or two; nice.

R.N.A. Organism - 'Murderous Act': Backwards rhythm and squealing electric guitar, muted vocals & screams.

Salaried Man Club - 'Blank Account': Submerged rhythms interspersed with bursts of noise. Full cassette on Vanity to look forward to here soon...

Mad Tea Party - 'win-d-or' : Like a slow Young Marble Giants, possibly my favorite one of this set.

Interon - 'Kaelf E1': Damaged electronic percussion & guitar track very loosely based around the disco classic ' Le Freak' by Chic with vocals provided by what I imagine to be a Japanese teenage girl. The track unfortunately suffers from the lo-fi production of this scene. Does anyone have any more info on this band?

Enjoy Side 1 & 2
and Side 3 & 4

10 comments:

staticult said...

This is quite possibly the most incredible comp. I've heard in a long while. It's like the Japanese equivalent to the LAFMS Emergency Cassettes. Truly amazing.

Atlantis Audio Archive said...

wait till the next post (Angelic Technology) - I think it is just as good, although released a few years later than 'Foam'

mutantsounds said...

wow!thanks a lot!

mutantsounds said...

thank you very mich for this one!

thunderperfectmind said...

I just got your comment - thanks so much for this!

Jan said...

Fantastic post, my first download from you (just discovered you today). I put together a 9-disc+mp3CD box set of music released in 1981, and subsequently made two major revisions to it over the course of a year. Eventually just had to call it "done"--because that year is seemingly endless in its fecundity (amidst an incredibly fruitful period). Never even heard of this comp of most of the bands therein, yet a lot of it is really good. The barrel has no bottom to scrape. . .

Samon said...

great blog you have here ! thanks ! I may add some info about the graphic here. The wonderfull cover art is from Mr. Nomoto, owner of Gallery 360° in Tokyo. It focuses on fluxus and japanese neo-dada. Nemoto was known to own a fluxus magazine in the late 70's. He is also the one who made the beautifull all-pink poster inserted in the Karuna Kyal LP and he played some sax on the Debon LP (both brilliant Japanese psych experimental jewels on Voice records from the middle 70's)

jAy @ jApAn said...

i'm a little late in expressing this: but this is FANFUCKINGTASTIC!

Anonymous said...

greetings from germany and a many thanks for this great blog... i bet there where some more people who would like to share all those nearly impossible to find and sometimes overpriced stuff... this one is a pretty cool release too... btw. thanks a lot for the fine work with the vantiy releases... and back again to the merzbow question... didn't downloaded the angelic technology comp. yet... but i guess the track is somewhat in the vein of the aka meme cassette on v2 archief which is my favourite merzbow release... if you already get a few suggestions for similar stuff please let us know... ;o)

best bastian

Anonymous said...

Here's few info about Interon. The members were Lolita LOW and Yurio. Lolita LOW is Sonoko who released "La Debutante" from Crammed Discs in 1987.