Boomkat Product Review:
Obscure Japanese New Wave peachiness from Osaka’s Viola Renea, out of print for 35 years and fetching high prices for originals - big RIYL early Factory, YMO, Liquid Liquid
Viola Renea may hail from Osaka, Japan, but properly sound like they trotted around some enclave of Ancoats in the ‘80s. Their sole, 1985 LP packs bags of Factory-esque jazz-funk basslines and jangly melodic guitars with ounces of swagger, and just a bit of strange impishness, across 8 devilishly memorable songs.
The scarcely seen 85 OG has become the preserve of keen collectors and with hindsight it’s not hard to hear why; it stands out a mile from much of the other Japanese reissues that have hit these shores, with particular, peculiar highlights in the dubbed out psychedelic disco stepper epic ‘Faros Faras Island’ withs its wigged-out folk vamps, or the stunning techno-pop meets jazz-funk angularity of ‘Māyā Candra’, and the gorgeous meld of iridescent FM synths and Vini Reilly-esque lilt in ‘Chariot Of Palace.’