Phew – Chie Mukai

Phew LP “Light Sleep” Mesh-Key

Second pressing and last copies

Propulsive rhythms from early drum machines, whirring electronics and dreamlike vocals make for a jaw-dropping late-career masterpiece from legendary Japanese musician Phew, recorded solo at her home in Tokyo. Phew’s career began in the late 1970s as lead singer of Osaka punk group Aunt Sally (whose only full-length was released by Vanity Records in 1979). Ryuichi Sakamoto produced her first solo release in 1980, a two-song single, and in 1981 Pass Records released her debut album, a bonafide classic recorded with original Can members Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit at Conny Plank’s studio in Germany.  Highly recommended !


Phew LP Light sleep


Chie Mukai + Justin Simon LP 45 rpm single sided ” 日 月” Mesh-Key

Limited edition of 300 copies. Each record comes folded inside thick Italian pastel paper, and each copy has been individually hand-decorated with a design in sumi ink by Simon. The jackets and two-sided inserts were silkscreened at The Circadian Press.

Composer and musician, best known for her underground improv-folk group Ché-SHIZU (PSF). Mukai has been an active improvisersince 1975, when she joined the East Bionic Symphonia group under Takehisa Kosugi in Tokyo. She has since collaborated with Keiji Haino, John Duncan, Agata Morio and many others. Her primary instrument is the bowed Chinese er-hu, but she also plays piano and percussion. Lovely, poetic, far too short but essential. 



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