Emerging during the early stages of the recording industry in Japan, the ryūkōka style adopted western classical, blues & jazz elements into traditional and classical Japanese music.
This collection of 1920s & 30s ryūkōka recordings follows on from the Kouta Katsutaro tape we put out a couple of years back, and further captures the hauntingly unique sound of a cultural merging that was starting to reflect itself via popular song, ahead of the widespread influence of western pop music during post-war US occupation.
Nárcisz és Psyché
Based on Sándor Weöres’s epic poem, the film is a fantastic vision, a visual time travel, the encyclopaedic debut film of the postmodern era. Gábor Bódy connected the love of Erzsébet Lónyay, a gipsy countess of the 18th century, and László Ungvárnémeti Tóth, an ill-fated playwright, with the story of baron Zedlitz, the fantast.
Behind this love triangle, he unfolds the intellectual history of a century and a half, from the Enlightenment to the nineteen-twenties.
The Red Detachment
by Junta Cadre. Acting as the direct follow-up to “The East is Red,” the second tape from new power electronics project Junta Cadre picks up where it left off with Communism in China under Mao Zedong. Diving in deep to the incredible social overhaul of the time, and the lasting trauma suffered by the generation of the post-cultural revolution families, “The Red Detachment” serves as the soundscape of continual and obsessive research into what was one of history’s most passionate and brutal revolutions. Edition of 125 cassettes.
“The music on this EP was conceived in China, between 1989 and 1993. The original tracks were mixed to DAT in real time, in a small neighbour-proof studio inside my apartment in Macau, a 19th floor with a view to the hurricanes. There’s a small, unexpected or improbable story behind each track, some little magic fused with the local atmosphere, certainly guaranteeing their lasting authenticity 25 years later.
In this tale of love and survival in 19th century Estonia, peas- ant girl Liina longs for village boy Hans, but Hans is inexplicably infatuated by the visiting German baroness that possesses all that he longs for.
For Liina, winning Hans’ requited love proves incredibly complicated in this dark, harsh landscape where spir- its, werewolves, plagues, and the devil himself converge, where thievery is rampant, and where souls are highly regarded, but come quite cheap.
With alluring black and white cinematography, Rainer Sarnet vividly captures these motley lives as they toil to exist—is existence worth anything if it lacks a soul?