Akiko Yano

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As recently discussed on another thread, Yano deserves her own thread, she's a marvellous musician with a distinctive voice and a rich discography/history of collaboration that greatly rewards a deep dive, so let's share the love.

My absolute favourite song of hers is a from a later record, 'Honto Ni Kimochi', the whole thing bangs, but the first track especially, 'Ika naide', so lovely -


Maresn3st, Saturday, 1 February 2020 18:48 (ten months ago) link

Her entire discography is worthy of diving into. Even when she's ventured into US session-muso heavy waters throughout her career the results are excellent. I'm a big fan of her '78 through '83/'84 run. There's absolutely nothing else like it out there including YMO.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 1 February 2020 21:27 (ten months ago) link

The album of hers I really enjoy is 峠のわが家 from 1986. It’s pretty much just plain slick studio rock but the songwriting is outstanding and there’s some cool off kilter moments. “Daniel” is amazing.

brimstead, Sunday, 2 February 2020 03:53 (ten months ago) link

She got a bit ECM in the late eighties/nineties, I really like this concert, there's a couple of misfires, including a deconstructed 'Walk On By' but when it's all poised and ambient and Bill Frisell is doing his thing, I dig that greatly.


Anyone heard this CD she's on with Kronos Quartet? I'd like to listen to that.

Maresn3st, Sunday, 2 February 2020 14:53 (ten months ago) link


Maresn3st, Sunday, 2 February 2020 15:00 (ten months ago) link


Maresn3st, Sunday, 2 February 2020 15:05 (ten months ago) link

Ahh, Akiko Yano is ace but I've often felt like I should do more of a deep dive, thanks for this thread and links!

emil.y, Sunday, 2 February 2020 15:14 (ten months ago) link

And a decent interview from 2018 -


Maresn3st, Sunday, 2 February 2020 15:18 (ten months ago) link


Well that's a coincidence. The reissue of 'Iroha Ni Konpeitou' literally popped through my letterbox last Friday.

What I've heard so far is promising and the cover is of course legendary. Hosono plays on some of it. Look forward to hearing some further recommendations.

millmeister, Monday, 3 February 2020 15:15 (ten months ago) link

Patrick South...didn't he used to post here? that's a great interview, rare to see someone who knows the subject's catalogue so well

I really love her stuff up to Oesu Oesu, still dig the albums afterwards though she did move in a slicker, New York-influenced jazz pop direction that sometimes feels sterile to me. Seems at some point she moved back into a more experimental & technopop-influenced direction but I haven't heard those albums yet. She's got a huge catalogue. You can easily spend an hour on YouTube watching live stuff, she's such a great live performer and she makes everything come off as so much fun. The videos where she duets with Hiromi Uehara are great, crazy that she's able to keep up with her

frogbs, Monday, 3 February 2020 15:31 (ten months ago) link

one month passes...

Asteroid and Butteryfly came out this week--her collaboration with Hiromitsu Agatsuma. Apparently the packaging has some glow-in-the-dark elements:

🪐『Asteroid and Butterfly』発売中🦋#やのとあがつま 1st Album『Asteroid and Butterfly』
強い光に当ててから、暗闇の中に入れると、タイポグラフィが浮き出るデザインになっております!是非お手に取って試してみて下さい♪#矢野顕子 #上妻宏光 pic.twitter.com/7kf4evS3Mt

— 矢野顕子 Staff (@akikoyano_staff) March 5, 2020

Vinyl and CD are available on CDJapan. I'll have to save my allowance.

And then out just today, I think--a nice little tune that she wrote for an anime airing on Japanese TV this week, "Oyasan to boku", "The Landlady and I". On Spotify and iTunes.


screator, Friday, 6 March 2020 06:16 (eight months ago) link


screator, Friday, 6 March 2020 06:17 (eight months ago) link

Asteroid and Butterfly is on Spotify too, at least in the UK: https://open.spotify.com/album/1SUr7AjanY3MIrA5GsXv2U?si=aQ2jR6IIRACi4VZR3sTuog

I loved that first single, so really looking forward to listening to this.

bamboohouses, Friday, 6 March 2020 08:30 (eight months ago) link

seven months pass...

really love this...anyone know what it is?


frogbs, Thursday, 15 October 2020 01:20 (one month ago) link

The song is Bara no hana from Quruli's 2001 album "Team Rock," produced by Jim O'Rourke, no less. Rei Harakami did a remix of it, which brought him to Akiko Yano's attention, and they subsequently formed the duo Yanokami. This article has some of that history: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2008/04/11/music/jazz-icon-akiko-yano-finds-her-electronic-muse/

Harakami's version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmWqyrCanoM

screator, Thursday, 15 October 2020 03:22 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

has anyone looked up the lyrics to Vet?

vet vet
i like to be a vet, i vet
wanna be a vet
i like to be a vet, i vet
wanna be a vet

crocodile’s got stomach cancer
hippo’s t–th are all decayed
cow’s got a swollen liver
lion’s got pneumonia
elephant’s got athlete’s foot
dog’s got a fractured hind leg
and your heart’s been broken by yet another girl

vet vet
i like to be a vet, i vet
wanna be a vet
i like to be a vet, i vet
wanna be a vet

dolphins with diarrhoea
bats with broken radar
overweight hawaiian girls eating too much chocolate
piranhas with constipation
telephone line is on the blink
your brother-in-law has got no money
and your wife has turned to drink
siamese cat’s got a bloodshot left eye
horse won’t run another step
polar bear’s miscarried
now gorilla’s got a bleeding nose
goat’s gone hysterical and eaten through the pen
everybody come to me
i’m gonna make you well again

frogbs, Sunday, 22 November 2020 05:24 (one week ago) link

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