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Music From Memory dive into some of Toshifumi Hinata’s most sought-after Japanese ambient recordings c.1985-87 for a sterling suite compiled from the Tokyo musician’s first four albums.
Coming from a classical background via studies at Berklee College of Music and the Uni of Minnesota-Duluth under pianist Patricia Laliberte, Hinata graduated in 1982 and returned to Tokyo where, dissatisfied with his classical conditioning, he took to electronic music and wrote a series of lush solo albums before developing a career as documentary soundtrack maker, which he still does to this day.
The 10 tracks on ‘Broken Belief’ see Hinata draw on and move away from his schooling, adapting his education to a sweetly expressive style of lightly jazzy composition blushing with gorgeous Prophet 5 synth pads and rippling with sinuous LinnDrum rhythms. Compiled by renewed digger Chee Shimizu, the compilation arranges gems from ‘Sarah’s Crime’ (1985), ‘Chat D’Ete’ (1986), ‘Reality In Love’ (1986), and ‘Story’ (1987) into a shimmering “best of” set, sashaying from the languorous charms of ‘Sarah’s Crime’ to the sublime cinematic evocation of ‘Midsummer Night’, strolling thru the jazz-funk suss of ‘Atarashi Yuhbokumin’, to the cascading jazz keys of ‘Pavement’ and ‘Hikari To Mizu’, and wrapping up on the lathered choral synths of ‘Broken Belief’ with ineffably elegant style.