Summer Breeze
by Piper

Conduit par le chanteur-guitariste Keisuke Yamamoto, Piper a été fondé dans la ville d’Hamamatsu au début des années 1980. Influencé par le rock britannique et américain et par le jazz-fusion de Tatsuro Yamashita, le groupe signe avec ce « Summer Breeze » sorti en 1984 l’un des sommets de la « pop de plage » japonaise. Un mix génial de funk, de soul, de Linn Drum et de mélodies ensoleillées.


Led by guitarist/vocalist Keisuke Yamamoto, Piper was formed in Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture. A move to Tokyo was followed by the release of their first single on Yupiteru Records, thanks to original guitarist Yuji Suzuki who had became an A&R man for the label. Citing British bands like Wishbone Ash and Camel as influences, Yamamoto and Piper nevertheless conjured up classic American sounds on Piper?s recordings, utilizing unusual recording techniques and new technologies like Linn drums to effortlessly blend styles of funk, soul and fusion and simultaneously evoking summer vibes, autumnal breezes, and wintery shimmer.

“Summer Breeze” is Piper’s second album, originally released in 1984 on Yupiteru. Inspired by the sounds of Masayoshi Takanaka and Tatsuro Yamashita, as well as the concept of BGM (background music) championed by YMO, Summer Breeze was a conscious about face from their debut to create a new signature sound and become masters of summery resort vibes. It's smooth sounds belie the bevy of experimentation utilized on the recording, from vocoders and drum programming to recording guitars direct through the board. Even the iconic cover art, with the surfer wearing an impossibly short crop top, is deceiving in it's simplicity - it was one of the most expensive jackets produced by the label at the time, due to it's use of special spot colors and custom handlettering. The original album featured the marketing copy “Good Weather! Good Sounds!”, which perfectly encapsulates the sounds contained on the album.

Tracklist : 

A1 Shine On 
A2 Summer Breeze 
A3 Hot Sand 
A4 Gentle Shower 
A5 Twilight 

B1 Samba Night 
B2 Starlight Love 
B3 Night Shore 
B4 Angel Smile 
B5 Moonlight Beach

Label : Light In The Attic

Pink Vinyl Edition
VAT excl. €29,17

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