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Far East Family Band


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.66 | 85 ratings

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3 stars The Far East Family Band's second album is largely a recycled album. The long title track first appeared on the only album by Far Out, a kind of predecessor formation to the Far East Family Band, which only Fumio Miyashita belonged to. The remaining numbers of "Nipponjin", however, are new recordings of pieces from the group's debut album "The Cave Down To The Earth", which was released a few months earlier. The main difference to the older versions seems to me to be the increased use of keys, and that most of the singing is in English. Produced by Klaus Schulze, whom the group met on a tour, and recorded in England, the work was probably tailored to the Anglo-American market, for which the band recorded their best numbers to date. The album was then released on the Philips Vertigo label.

On "Nipponjin" you can hear an exotic-meditative space rock, which is occasionally very reminiscent of Pink Floyd, and more rarely of the producer's music, and is mainly composed of various key sounds (synthesizer, organ, mellotron) and other electronic sounds. There is also a floydig-bluesy electric guitar and the rather subtle drifting rhythm section. The three keyboards, including Masanori "Kitaro" Takahashi, create very dense and intricate soundscapes in which the constantly present vocals and the electric guitar lines are embedded. Now and then there are mild outbursts or freer sections dominated by the percussion. The whole thing is very melodic - but usually avoids getting too close to the kitsch limit - and the music comes out of the speakers rather relaxed.

Compared to the almost purely instrumental "Parallel World" recorded a year later, the group on "Nipponjin" cannot really decide between floydy, slightly poppy art rock and meditative-electronic space rock. Many of the songs seem quite banal due to the somewhat unimaginative, hymn-choral tralala singing. The instrumental sections have a completely different caliber and offer an exciting and relaxing mix of electronics and keyboard symphonics with an Asian flair.

prog_traveller!! | 3/5 |


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