Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Landscape & Silence

Formerly Sandy & The Sunset Gang, Kook is a nice slice of left-field disco from Hawaiian-born Sandy O'neale, produced by Yukihiro Takahashi, Haruomi Hosono, & Ryuichi Sakamoto from Yellow Magic Orchestra, from her LP Earthly Pleasures. Besides the gold-to-my-ears production (anything that seems like it could be part of a video art performance from 1983 I love, really), it's a solidly built song, and Sandii's voice has many of the same characteristics that make Allison Goldfrapp so endearing. Were I to supervise the soundtrack to a remake of the Sean Connery/Wesley Snipes film Rising Sun about a murdered blonde hostess/prositute, this would be a key component. It would also have to be set in 1983.

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