環境音楽 Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980–1990

Various Artists - 環境音楽 Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980–1990
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Based on 9 reviews
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Based on 121 ratings
February 15, 2019 / Release Date
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Light in the Attic / Label
Ambient, New Age / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

92
Resident Advisor

An exceptional overview of '80s Japanese ambient and environmental music.

90
Exclaim!

Summing up an entire musical movement in a single reissue is no easy feat ... But as a package, Kankyō Ongaku gets incredibly close, shining a brilliant light on one of Japan's most fascinating — yet hidden — musical periods.

90
Slant Magazine

By showcasing an artistic fusion of the tranquil with the bustling, the primal with the technologically advanced, the compilation shows how much work has already been done to find ways of summarizing and celebrating the potential of this new reality.

90
Spectrum Culture

Whether the sounds were meant for purely commercial use or for art, each track falls within a unifying vision that’s rare in an anthology.

90
Uncut

If some of this music still bears the whiff of eucalyptus oil and yoga sweat, then it’s a small price to pay for the awe it elicits.

90
PopMatters

An essential instrumental set that's impeccably assembled and executed.

85
Pitchfork

Visible Cloaks’ Spencer Doran curates an appealingly cohesive compilation of Japanese ambient music that, while decades old, feels uncannily suited to contemporary listening habits.

80
AllMusic

Both as a listening and reading experience, the entire collection is fascinating and eye-opening, and far more than just pleasant, unassuming musical wallpaper. It's also somewhat overwhelming in a sense, simply because there's far more music from this era to discover, and this release barely scratches the surface.

80
The Needle Drop

Light in the Attic comes out with an excellent compilation of old school ambient music from 1980s Japan, an era and location that hasn't gotten enough shine up until this point.

chutbarn
80
Easily the best compilation of Japanese ambient music from the 80s that I’ve heard all year.
luna128
NR
now that's what i call relaxing japanese new age
PipePanic
78
This album is like soup.

It's comforting, peaceful, filling and just feels good in your soul, yet the music (even though it's extremely dreamy) is still forceful and doesn't feel meaningless. The production and soundscapes created in these pieces are nothing short of delectable, like a small cozy fire being lit inside you, or a hug from a great friend. I'm not the biggest nerd when it comes to ambient music, but this is a compilation I really enjoyed. It's an album I hope to come back to when ... read more
musicmagpie55
82
I turned this on while going to the bathroom this morning and never got up to start my day, whoops.

This is what archival projects should be like. Every song made me want to dig into the artists' discography, but the album still feels like a unified narrative. I love Light in the Attic Records; they are doing some good work!
83
Lovely album. It nice music to listen to when reading or writing.
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