Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hako Yamasaki

Hako Yamasaki - Tobimasu (Japan 1975)

Here's the translated song titles for 'Tobimasu'
01. Nostalgia
02. Wandering
03. Windmill
04. House Across The Bridge
05. Sayonara Bell
06. Bamboo-Copter
07. Invisible Shadow
08. Mood Change
09. Jump
10. Lullaby
11. Male And Female Roomns (bonus track)

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Hako Yamasaki - Tsunawatari (Japan 1976)

Born: May 18, 1957, Hita, Kyushu, Japan
Genres: Folk Pop

01. Mukaikaze (5:21)
02. Shiroi Hana (5:20)
03. Himawari (3:20)
04. Tenjo (5:34)
05. Help Me (4:20)
06. Hitori Uta (3:42)
07. Harmonica fuki no Otoko (3:37)
08. Tsunawatari (5:36)
09. Utaitaino (4:12)
10. Tanjo Iwai (7:04)
11. Yurusarezaru Koi (5:05)

Something along the lines of Morita Doji, but not quite like her. Don't get me wrong they are both great singers but they differ in voice characteristics a lot. For example Moritas voice is soft while Hakos voice is much more passionate and determined but they are both rooted in melancholic sound in their songs (atleast it sounds like that to me). Musically is also awesome. It has everything 70s music needs (those famous rock organs (if they are called like that :o), electric guitars etc.) but there are also songs that are just acoustic guitars and Hakos lovely desperate voice.
~ by flying-teapot.
This is a very simple album, which can be taken as either a good or bad thing. The arrangements are straightforward, the singing is lovely, with a fair amount of soul, and traces of sadness here and there, and the guitar work is obviously meant purely for accompaniment, and not as the focal point of the songs. Everything is understated except for the emotionality of the songs, which can often verge on the melodramatic. For me, she seems to lack a certain sincerity to the way she sings, which makes the songs themselves somewhat contrived. As a folk-pop album, it is certainly not bad. But the lack of variation in the song structures, the sleepy feeling of the composition, and the often overwrought vocal delivery become a bit tedious a few songs in. She has a potentially powerful voice, and I wish that she had released more albums. This is still a very fresh and raw album, which is charming in its own way, but I think she could have used a bit more polish and experimentation.
~ by Phthora (RYM).
Though this is worth having, the problems almost blow it out of the water for me. She gets a little too dramatic and draws a number of the tracks out for too long. Still - she can communicate a sadness which sounds real - probably the reason i find the drama unwarranted - so, dear reader, investigate without expecting some lost Japanese psychfolk gem.
~ by Moondoggieferg (RYM).


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...and also...
Hako Yamasaki - Tsunawatari (Japan 1976).rar (83.11 MB)


Marcello 'Maddy Lee' L. said...

Here's the translated song titles for 'Tobimasu'

1. Nostalgia
2. Wandering
3. Windmill
4. House Across The Bridge
5. Sayonara Bell
6. Bamboo-Copter
7. Invisible Shadow
8. Mood Change
9. Jump
10. Lullaby
11. Male And Female Roomns (bonus track)

alfaios said...

Thank you very much Marcello 'Maddy Lee' L.

Dominique said...

Excellent analysis of Hako Yamasaki! Thx! doMINAxel Y.T.

Jien said...

Thanks for sharing Hako's music.. I hope japanese music and cult movie western fans will know her.