(Avex 10 Import)
||"Hum Ghar Sajanr"
||"Roof Garden...Revel Attack"
"Revel Attack." Now this is the second part of the
subtitle of the third part of the opening suite, "Malabar
Hotel." Got that? It could be as good a place as any to begin
searching for potential insight or understanding into this fine
record from 1978.
Haruomi Hosono was a session bassist of note in 1970s Japan. In
addition, he played in the tropical group Tin Pan Alley, and of
course the redoubtable Yellow Magic Orchestra. This "Revel
Attack" (which follows the first part of subtitle "Roof
Garden," where we have presumably moved from the "Ground
Floor" and "Upper Floor" of the Malabar during
the first two tracks), possibly a mistranslation, but I don't
think so. It has too positive an effect of conveying what is going
on here. Hosono returns from a visit to India with an apparition
of a filmic Bollywood opus, which doesn't and never will exist,
dancing around in his head. Cochin Moon. It obviously requires
a score. And a poster. An appropriate skirting of appropriation,
not to mention representation, via the ever-handy simulacrum.
Perhaps the best way to have handled such a revel attack.
The world inside this record is special. It can remind one of
YMO, or Ryuichi Sakamoto's own dance-friendly exoticisma ("Riot
in Lagos," anyone?), but as well it certainly has got some
unwitting ties to some of what Black Dice have accomplished over
the last few years. You heard me right. There is an important
difference in the treatment of the tones, though not necessarily
the rhythmic components; and everyone I know who has heard both
of them and this recently agree.
The record fetches quite a lot of dough. This import CD reissue
is also not cheap by any measure. But take one look at the proposed
movie poster cover art, printed twice, and done by the album's
purported collaborator, Tadanori Yakoo. He in fact does not play
on the album (usual suspects and colleagues in YMO, Sakamoto and
Hideki Matsutake, do). If we take into account the potency of
its gorgeously prismatic concept, and factor in the illustration's
apparent infusion regarding the musical results...then I guess
we CAN say he played on it, if you catch my drift. [DHo]