Mariah Utakata No Hibi on Limited Edition 45RPM 2LP
Mariah's 1983 cult-classic Utakata No Hibi sees its re-release on vinyl for the first time. The long sought after final record on the legendary Better Days label, Utakata No Hibi is the culmination of composer and bandleader Yasuaki Shimizu’s early-80s work, often compared to his contemporaries Ryuichi Sakamoto and Haruomi Hosono, as well as experimental new wavers Flying Lizards/David Cunningham, all of whom Shimizu has worked with.
Recognized in Japan for the hit, "Shinzo No Tobira," the entire record is a masterful studio production of Japanese folk and pop idioms filtered through a chamber disco, new wave, synth production, sounding more relevant today than upon its release over 30 years ago. Issued by Palto Flats Records, Utakata No Hibi is fully licensed by Columbia Japan and the artist, and remastered by Dubplates in Berlin.
The packaging features additional artwork from Ira Okudaira, who created the original stunning jacket drawings. It retains the original double 12” 45 rpm play format, and includes a full English translation of the Japanese and Armenian lyrics on the printed inner sleeves. RIYL: Blood Orange, YMO, Arthur Russell and Julee Cruise.
NYC upstart label Palto Flats is focused on bringing attention to the intersection of pop, electronic, experimental and world music, with a focus on sounds that are both accessible and idiomatic.