Seigen Ono – Comme Des Garçons Volume One
Label: Venture – VE 51
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre: Electronic, Jazz, Rock, Latin
Style: Bossanova, Avantgarde, Experimental
Rare and long out-of-print LP from renown Japanese recording engineer and multi-instrumentalist Seigen Ono with Volume One of his '89 commission for luxury Japanese clothing brand Comme Des Garcons. Allegedly chief designer Rei Kawakubo approached approached Ono asking for album for one of their shows with music that 'hadn't been heard before', leading Ono to enlist the support of Arto Lindsay, John Zone, John Lurie and more to create an exuberant piece of work to reflect the brand's image. Reading Ono's Discogs credits suggests he was on Better Day's payrol and he's been involved in some of most interesting music to emerge from Japan in the 80's (Mariah, Yoshimura, Ichiko Hashimoto, et al), so its no surprise that this one is really varied, moving from new-age tinged instrumentals, to more lively Bossanova passages and more Balearic moments and in fact (to me at least) sounds in parts like a lost Orquesta De Las Nubes LP. Really interesting one and very rarely seen out in the wild! (Vinyl NM & Sleeve NM ((still in shrink but open)), small sticker mark top right).