Light In The Attic launches Japan Archival Series with groundbreaking compilation

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Expect mountains of rare disco, new age and city pop.

Light In the Attic has announced a new reissue series focussed on unearthing Japan’s vast heritage of music, from folk and rock, to new age, boogie, starry-eyed city pop and groundbreaking electronica.

Promising dozens of releases, the series will begin with a groundbreaking compilation called Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973, which the label claims is “the first-ever fully licensed compilation of this music to be released outside Japan.” Hear preview track ‘Arthur Hakase No Jinriki Hikouki’ by Kazuhiko Kato below:

Staking an early claim to be one of the year’s best compilations, it features artists like Haruomi Hosono, Maki Asakawa, Sachiko Kanenobu and Kenji Endo, and heralds a number of subsequent compilations that sound equally exciting; Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1975-1985, and Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990.

Even A Tree Can Shed Tears
includes original artwork by illustrator Heisuke Kitazawa and a 20 page book with extensive liner notes & bios and will be released on coloured and black vinyl via Light In The Attic on 20th October. Pre-order your copy here.