Ryuichi Sakamoto / ESPERANTO


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Ryuichi Sakamoto’s 1985 synth and ambient album featuring Tas-Kaz and Arto Lindsay is released outside of Japan for the first time with new introduction by Andy Beta and audio remastered in Tokyo by Seigen Ono




Esperanto is composed of eight tracks displaying a varied mix of influences. “A Wongga Dance Song” is pulsating with rhythms while “A Rain Song” adopts a minimalist mode with its distinctive repetitive pattern. “Dolphins” and “A Carved Stone” are captivating ambient pieces showcasing Sakamoto’s talent for setting beautiful abstract melodic ornaments over atmospheric tones. One of the highlights of the album is “Adelic Penguins”, a fascinating proto techno piece with a funky twist stretching over six minutes which echoes the electro funk of 1981’s album Hidari Ude No Yume. “Ulu Watu”, a collage-like piece featuring bird motives and a tropical soundscape closes the album with an experimental note.

It’s interesting to note that, a year later, the tracks from Esperanto would be turned into an experimental video project by New York visual artists Kit Fitzgerald and Nam June Paik collaborator Paul Garrin. A unique album in Ryuichi Sakamoto’s rich discography, Esperanto is a groundbreaking work worth rediscovering in its full glory. Original artwork; includes two-page insert with a new introduction by journalist Andy Beta. Audio remastered in Tokyo by Seigen Ono.

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