Japanese pianist Yumiko Morioka’s 1987 album Resonance reissued

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Originally played in hospitals, healing shops, and on TV documentaries.

Yumiko Morioka’s 1987 album Resonance is being reissued on vinyl, this April via Métron Records.

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Morioka recorded Resonance on a Bösendorfer grand piano, taking inspiration from Brian Eno, Japanese environmental music and avant-garde Parisian composer Erik Satie.

Originally released on Akira Ito’s Green & Water imprint in 1987, Resonance mainly served as background music for Japanese TV documentaries, maternity clinics and health shops, only later gaining traction through blog posts and YouTube uploads.

Resonance follows Métron’s release of Meitei’s Komachi one of our favourite albums of 2019.

Head here for more info in advance of Resonance’s 15th April release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

Side A

1. Komorebi
2. Moon Road
3. Rainbow Gate
4. Ever Green
5. 潮風

Side B

1. おだやかな海
2. Round And Round
3. La Sylphide / 空気の精
4. Moon Ring
5. 銀の船