East Wind

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The second album by the Japanese production team of Kazumasa Yoshioka and Seiichi Kyoda as Uttara-Kuru combines acoustic traditional Japanese music with Western synth pop, producing somewhat jarring results. This is an album that can feature a koto solo on one track ("First Image"), and not long after introduce a synth pop dance track reminiscent of Depeche Mode ("Our Life"). The result is definitely eclectic, but it's hard to imagine a listener who could enjoy the various styles equally. The album comes packaged with incense sticks intended to enhance the listening experience.

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