- A new version of the Yellow Magic Orchestra member's 1982 solo album will be available on vinyl soon.
Haruomi Hosono's Philharmony album will be reissued via his own Yen Records soon.
Philharmony was originally released on Yen, the label Hosono ran with his Yellow Magic Orchestra bandmate Yukihiro Takahashi. The label says the record captures Hosono at his most "experimental, boundary-pushing and schizophrenic, with the LP veering from wildly abstract beauties like 'Birthday Party' and 'In Limbo' via mutant synth pop such as 'Funiculi, Funicula' to tight funky dance floor fillers."
Hosono was a key proponent of the synth pop variant that emanated from booming '80s Japan. The sound has become increasingly popular over the past decade, particularly in the wake of prominent online mixes like Fairlights, Mallets and Bamboo. Hosono's Yellow Magic Orchestra is the most popular group to come from this time, and both he and his bandmates, including Ryuichi Sakamoto, would move on to illustrious solo careers.
A2 Funiculi Funicura (Denza-Kiyono-Aoki)
A5 In Limbo
B2 Birthday Party
B3 Sports Men/Philharmony
Yen Records will release Philharmony soon.