Tuesday, February 03, 2009


New-wave stalwarts Japan, in the new guise of Rain Tree Crow, David Sylvian, Steve Jansen, Mick Karn and Richard Barbieri decided to eschew the stiff Oriental-influenced pop-funk of their early-1980s days for a more melodically based sound in 1991, resulting in an under-recognised but wholly virtuosic eponymous album. One of the highlights from the collection is "Blackwater", an impossibly lovely, placidly pastoral tone poem, the dramatically updates the collective's basic sound for a new decade, and remains one of the most under-appreciated gems in the history of late 20th-century pop. Check out its highly impressionistic video clip.


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