Light in the Attic Records

LIGHT IN THE ATTIC RECORDS TO RELEASE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION OF
JAPANESE AMBIENT MUSIC IN DELUXE CD & LP FORMATS, DIGITAL

KANKYŌ ONGAKU: JAPANESE AMBIENT, ENVIRONMENTAL & NEW AGE MUSIC 1980-1990
AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 2019

FIRST-EVER FULLY LICENSED COMPILATION OF THE GENRE
AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME OUTSIDE OF JAPAN


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Los Angeles, CA. (November 14, 2018) –  Light In The Attic’s Japan Archival Series continues with Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990, an unprecedented overview of the country’s vital minimal, ambient, avant-garde, and New Age music. This release is the first-ever fully licensed collection of this music, and marks the first time that these recordings will be made available outside of Japan.

Available February 2019, the LP and CD packages contain extensive liner notes and artist bios, including an essay by compilation co-producer and Japanese music scholar, Spencer Doran of Portland-based duo Visible Cloaks. The 3xLP vinyl collection features deluxe Stoughton “tip-on” jackets and slipcase, while the 2xCD release comes housed in a custom 7”x7” hardbound book. Both formats feature a cover photo by photographer Osamu Murai depicting buildings designed by famed architect, Fumihiko Maki.

Kankyō Ongaku, which translates to “environmental music, is an umbrella term used to describe the soundscapes, architectural acoustics, and incidental music that soundtracked the spaces, products, and experiences of 1980s Japan. As money from Japan’s booming manufacturing, design, and export businesses continued to roll in, corporations began to invest in art and music, principally in an effort to enhance the user and consumer experience, thus opening a lane for artists to subtly infuse the everyday world with their avant-garde musical forms: from in-store music for the Japanese high-end retailer Muji, to the companion music for a Sanyo Air Conditioning Unit, opportunities to create and innovate were everywhere. The net result was to empower some of the greatest musicians in the world to create with virtually unlimited financial resources, thus giving rise to broad new musical perspectives.

This genre-defining collection of ambient and sculptural music features internationally acclaimed artists such as Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and Joe Hisaishi (Studio Ghibli, Totoro), as well as perhaps lesser-known but equally pioneering artists like Hiroshi Yoshimura, Yoshio Ojima and Satoshi Ashikawa, who deserve a place alongside the undisputable giants of the genre such as Brian Eno and Erik Satie.

“As this music continues to echo in modern times and resonate with a new generation of listeners, I’m very happy to help present a window into its universe,” said compilation producer, Spencer Doran, curator of the set and label head of Empire of Signs (Hiroshi Yoshimura, Music For Nine Postcards).

Kankyō Ongaku follows Light In The Attic’s celebrated ambient anthologies, the acclaimed I Am The Center (2013) and The Microcosm (2016). It is preceded in the ongoing Japan Archival Series by 2017’s Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973 and the recent reissues of Haruomi Hosono’s classic output, made available earlier in 2018 for the first time outside of Japan.

Tracklist:

  1. Satoshi Ashikawa – Still Space
  2. Yoshio Ojima – Glass Chattering
  3. Hideki Matsutake – Nemureru Yoru (Karaoke Version)
  4. Ayuo Takahashi – Nagareru*
  5. Joe Hisaishi – Islander
  6. Yoshiaki Ochi – Ear Dreamin’
  7. Masashi Kitamura + Phonogenix – Variation・III
  8. Interior – Park
  9. Yoichiro Yoshikawa – Nube
  10. Yoshio Suzuki – Meet Me In The Sheep Meadow
  11. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Dolphins*
  12. Toshi Tsuchitori – Ishiura (Abridged)
  13. Shiho Yabuki – Tomoshibi (abridged)
  14. Toshifumi Hinata – Chaconne
  15. Yasuaki Shimizu – Seiko 3
  16. Inoyama Land – Apple Star
  17. Hiroshi Yoshimura – Blink
  18. Fumio Miyashita – See the Light (abridged)
  19. Akira Ito – Praying For Mother / Earth Part 1
  20. Jun Fukamachi – Breathing New Life
  21. Takashi Toyoda – Snow
  22. Yellow Magic Orchestra – Loom
  23. Takashi Kokubo – A Dream Sails Out To Sea – Scene 3
  24. Masahiro Sugaya – Umi No Sunatsubu
  25. Haruomi Hosono – Original BGM

* LP only

More about Light In The Attic Records and Distribution:
Known for their grassroots success with Rodriguez, the reclusive singer-songwriter whose unlikely story of personal triumph received long-overdue worldwide acclaim in the Academy Award®-winning documentary SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, Light In The Attic Records has gone on to garner nominations for multiple GRAMMY Awards, including one for Best Historical Album (2015) for Native North America (Vol. 1). Their exuberance and dedication to spreading joy through music has propelled them through the release of 200+ titles worldwide, setting the pace for reissue labels and the archival process. From D’Angelo to Donnie & Joe Emerson, Sixto Rodriguez to Serge Gainsbourg, Betty Davis to Karen Dalton, Lewis to Lifetones, the list goes on and on.

Light In The Attic is co-owned and operated by co-founders and high school friends Matt Sullivan and Josh Wright. In addition to the label’s acclaimed output, the company also distributes for nearly 150 record labels. In 2010, LITA expanded from their native Seattle by opening offices in Los Angeles, including a successful music house focused on licensing for film, television and advertisements, along with music supervision. Light In The Attic also operates a thriving physical brick and mortar record store in the KEXP Gathering Space in Seattle. For more info, visit LightInTheAttic.net and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Media Inquiries: Reckoning PR | Aaron Feterl | aaron@reckoningpr.com

 

LEADING REISSUE LABEL LIGHT IN THE ATTIC RECORDS
CAPS OFF 16th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
BREAKING NEW GROUND WITH SPECIAL EVENTS AND PARTNERSHIPS

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS TO BE HOSTED IN LOS ANGELES AND SEATTLE
FEATURING RARE AND PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOS
SHOWCASING LABEL’S RICH VISUAL ARCHIVE AND DIVERSE CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE           

PARTNERSHIP WITH BEST MADE CO. DEBUTS IN LOS ANGELES


Above: Flyer for Light In The Attic Records: A Visual Archive (Click here to download images)

Los Angeles, CA. (November 8, 2018) –  With no signs of slowing down, Los Angeles and Seattle-based Light In The Attic Records continues to set the pace for reissue labels, announcing today photo exhibitions in Los Angeles and Seattle, plus a first-of-its kind partnership with next generation American outfitter Best Made Co.

To commemorates the label’s 16-year anniversary and celebrate its diverse and ever-expanding catalog, Light in the Attic will host a touring photo exhibition, entitled Light In The Attic Records: A Visual Archive, showcasing rare and previously unseen prints of their artists. Curated by renowned photographer and director David Black (Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, The Roots), the exhibit opens in Seattle on Saturday, December 8 at the Light In The Attic Record Shop (located at the KEXP Gathering space) and will make its way to Los Angeles for a March opening at Contact Photo Lab. For more info on the Seattle show, click here.

Images and subjects that will be on display range from the great American songwriter, Townes Van Zandt, on the set of Heartworn Highways, to a portrait of influential Japanese musician and producer Haruomi Hosono. From raucous Texas skate-punks Big Boys alongside an admiring Glenn Danzig, to folk-hero Karen Dalton, observed during a quiet moment backstage at Montreux in 1971, the collection embodies the ethos of the label, presenting an unvarnished look at some of the most enduringly human stories and moments in music history.

“It’s an incredible honor to know we played a small part in furthering the musical legacy of the artists in this show,” says label co-founder Matt Sullivan, “it’s hard to believe it’s been 16 years – it’s fun to look back, but we’ve still got so much more we want to do.”

Also on display will be shots by some of the most renowned music photographers of the 20th century, including Baron Wolman (Rolling Stone), who captured funk legend Betty Davis with her then husband Miles Davis at home in 1969, Los Angeles-based photographer Ed Colver, who shot the elusive and mysterious Lewis back in ’83, Stephen Paley and his beautiful work with Sly Stone, Mark Guthrie and his timeless document of D’Angelo’s Voodoo tour, and Mark Lanegen through the lens of iconic grunge photographer Charles Peterson.

Also recently announced, for the first time ever in Los Angeles Light In The Attic will bring their storied catalog and expanded universe of distributed labels together under one roof, as they announce a first-of-its kind partnership with Best Made Co. Throughout the month of November, Light In The Attic will have a permanent vinyl record retail footprint inside the company’s flagship West Coast Store (145 South La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles), anchored by the Mr. Good Boy Record Cart (pictured below), a unique all-in-one mobile vinyl experience that features four tightly curated browsing bins, an on-board turntable, and four individual headphone listening stations. The positioning will be bolstered by a series of events and programs that highlight both group’s commitment to quality and passion for discovery. The space will also provide a sneak peek into the upcoming photo exhibition, Light In The Attic Records: A Visual Archive, as it will host some of the exclusive prints featured in the show opening next month in Seattle. For more info and a schedule of events, click here.

Mr. Good Boy Record Cart at Best Made Co. (Click here to download images)

Today’s announcements provide an exclamation point on a year that saw Light In The Attic champion artistry across borders. Their Sweet 16th Anniversary Concert, held at the Barbican Centre in London on June 23, 2018, featured pioneering musician and producer Haruomi Hosono’s first-ever performance as a solo artist in the UK. The show was opened by Willie Thrasher and Linda Saddleback, Canadian artists whose advocacy for First Nations rights was well documented on the Light In The Attic release, Native North America (Vol. 1), which received a Grammy nomination for Best Historical Album in 2015.

Most recently, the label turned their focus East, placing themselves at the vanguard of resurgent global interest in the popular music of Japan with their ongoing Japan Archival Series, which brings widely influential music by legendary artists such as Haruomi Hosono (Yellow Magic Orchestra) to the rest of the world for the first time ever outside of Japan.

Deepening their embrace of cross-cultural musical exchange, this summer the label released a cover of Haruomi Hosono’s song “Honey Moon” sung by Mac DeMarco entirely in Japanese. Light In The Attic is currently in the midst of a major physical release campaign around Hosono’s catalog, having reissued five of his most well-loved and sought after studio albums on vinyl and CD for the first time ever outside of Japan, with more in their acclaimed Japan Archival Series to come.

Light In The Attic supports their own ambitious archival release projects such as those of the Japan Archival Series by operating a full-service distribution business in-house, working directly with independent record stores, distributors, and non-traditional retailers around the globe. The business has now grown to represent the creative output of nearly 150 like-minded record labels, including heavy-hitters and genre-expanding labels in the world of vinyl reissues such as MONDO and video game soundtrack publisher, iam8bit. “We went out on the road and built relationships with the best stores and labels in the world,” says Josh Wright, Light In The Attic co-founder and head of Sales/Distribution for group, “we are very fortunate to have their support and work with the exceptional people we do on a daily basis.”

Co-founded in 2001 by high school friends Matt Sullivan and Josh Wright, the label released its first project (a compilation of The Last Poets’ seminal early works) in 2002 and never looked back. Since then, Light In The Attic has gone on to garner multiple Grammy nominations and achieve worldwide recognition for its archival releases, which have become synonymous with illuminating the stories of oft-overlooked artists and musical treasures.

More about Best Made Co.:
The next generation American outfitter, Best Made Co., outfits for an extraordinary life of work and adventure. Every Best Made Co. item—apparel, tools, outdoor gear and more— is the best possible version of itself, made by the most expert craftsmen using the highest quality materials from around the world. The brand’s ethos encourages adventure and timeless utility, and all products are created with these ideals and passions in mind, and to be able to stand the test of work, life and time. The company was founded by designer and entrepreneur Peter Buchanan-Smith, opening their first flagship store in Tribeca in 2013 and a LA-based store in La Brea in 2017.

In November 2017, Best Made Co. opened its first store on the west coast – 2,700 square feet of adventure and discovery located in Los Angeles’ La Brea neighborhood. Los Angeles combines the energy and hustle of our NYC roots with the adventurous spirit of the Best Made explorer, making L.A. the perfect city to open our first location on the west coast. Evoking the intimacy of your local hardware store, the store features a central island displaying an assortment of core Best Made product. Guests can pull up a stool at the Axe Bar to restore their axe, or channel Errol Flynn and shoot a few arrows at our in-store Archery Range. Adjacent, is The Snug – a small gallery space that rotates exclusive, curated product. From axes to longbows, and cruiser jackets to caps of courage, everything that has made us famous is proudly on display and for sale in Los Angeles. For more info and to shop, visit: BestMadeCo.com.

More about Light In The Attic Records and Distribution:
Known for their grassroots success with Rodriguez, the reclusive singer-songwriter whose unlikely story of personal triumph received long-overdue worldwide acclaim in the Academy Award®-winning documentary SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, Light In The Attic Records has gone on to garner nominations for multiple GRAMMY Awards, including one for Best Historical Album (2015) for Native North America (Vol. 1). Their exuberance and dedication to spreading joy through music has propelled them through the release of 200+ titles worldwide, setting the pace for reissue labels and the archival process. From D’Angelo to Donnie & Joe Emerson, Sixto Rodriguez to Serge Gainsbourg, Betty Davis to Karen Dalton, Lewis to Lifetones, the list goes on and on.

Light In The Attic is co-owned and operated by co-founders and high school friends Matt Sullivan and Josh Wright. In addition to the label’s acclaimed output, the company also distributes for nearly 150 record labels. In 2010, LITA expanded from their native Seattle by opening offices in Los Angeles, including a successful music house focused on licensing for film, television and advertisements, along with music supervision. Light In The Attic also operates a thriving physical brick and mortar record store in the KEXP Gathering Space in Seattle. For more info, visit LightInTheAttic.net and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Media Inquiries: Reckoning PR | Aaron Feterl | aaron@reckoningpr.com