Hiroshi Yoshimura was one of the pioneers of ambient music in Japan, being a part of the kankyō ongaku movement (environmental music) which wikipedia characterises as “soft electronic melodies infused with the sounds of nature: babbling brooks, steady rain, and morning birds”. Yoshimura passed away in 2003 but has left behind a legacy of beautiful albums from 1982 to 1998. He is mostly known for his 1986 LP Green which was reissued by Light In the Attic last year. I would like to highlight another release, Flora, that was recorded following Green. I think my favourite youtube comment on this has to be: “To all the 1200 people that liked this: We should found a new city and move there, to live together.” Wouldn’t that be great? I can’t wait to visit the Maple Syrup Factory. For reasons beyond me, this album wasn’t released to the public until the 2006 cd from PREM.

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