We use cookies on our website to provide you with the best experience. Most of these are essential and already present.
We do require your explicit consent to save your cart and browsing history between visits. Read about cookies we use here.
Your cart and preferences will not be saved if you leave the site.

Soundohm

play

Various

Longing For The Shadow: Ryūkōka Recordings, 1921​-​1939

€16.50
+
-

*In process of stocking* Emerging during the early stages of the recording industry in Japan, the ryūkōka style adopted western classical, blues & jazz elements into traditional and classical Japanese music.

This collection of 1920s & 30s ryūkōka recordings follows on from the Kouta Katsutaro tape we put out a couple of years back, and further captures the hauntingly unique sound of a cultural merging that was starting to reflect itself via popular song, ahead of the widespread influence of western pop music during post-war US occupation.

"Death Is Not The End are on a mission to expand the musical archive, with compilations of everything from Jamaican doo wop to pirate radio idents and adverts weaving new threads into the history of music. Longing For The Shadow: Ryūkōka Recordings, 1921-1939 goes back to the beginnings of the recording industry in Japan, and a style merging traditional Japanese forms with western pop and classical. Swooning orchestrations and prominent vocals capture some of the melodrama and bombast found in US and European music of the time, but beds of plucked and strummed instruments give an ordered elegance, tying it firmly to Hogaku tradition. Not much has been written about Ryūkōka, and a 2017 book by Hiromu Nagahara gives some clue as to why, arguing that although popular with the public, it was dismissed by critics both for its adoption of western sounds and its dwelling on Japanese traditional styles. Close to a century later, those are some of the qualities that make this compilation so fascinating." - The Quietus

Details
Cat. number: DEATH043CD
Year: 2022

More by Various

Sound (LP)
Sound (LP)
LP | €26.90
Ignota Diary 2023
Ignota Diary 2023
Book | €22.00
Blorp Esette Volume One (LP)
Blorp Esette Volume One (LP)
LP | €26.90
Beautiful Young Generation
Beautiful Young Generation
CD | €15.50
Child Of Nature (LP)
Child Of Nature (LP)
LP | €34.00

More from Death Is Not The End

A Cloudy Dawn (Tape)
A Cloudy Dawn (Tape)
Tape | €15.00