Eiki Nonaka - A-Key
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Once again Studio Mule dives deep into the music history of Japan, unearthing the multi-colored album A-Key by Eiki Nonaka, released as CD only on the short-lived Japanese label Sun & Moon Records in 1995. An album, that uniquely unifies global ethnic music styles, the playfulness of jazz, innovative electronic soundscapes, and the winding personality of spiritual music. It's the only solo album of a musician that has influenced the advancement of electronic Japanese music culture since the early 1980s. Eiki Nonaka was part of electronic new age quartet Interiors releasing the two minimalistic, synth-pop leaning albums: Interior (1982) and Design (1987). Likewise, he was a member of Haruomi Hosono's band Friends Of Earth, playing, voicing, and tuning the drum machine, guitar, synthesizers, and microphone on their second landmark experimental, pop electronic album Sex, Energy and Star, released Hosono's outstanding Non-Standard label in 1986. His one-and-only solo album A-Key features the essence of all his musical journeys until 1995, bringing, as he puts it on his blog: "all my musical career up to that point designed in sounds that were ringing in my head at that time. It's extremely introspective, but the various mental landscapes of that time are still vibrating fresh and acoustically new."