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29 August 2011 @ 10:40 am
30 July 2011 @ 07:30 pm

Tried to put this on Tumblr but it wasn't having it.
Happy Bee Bee Z!
(It's his birthday) <33
02 May 2011 @ 09:10 am

Ah really cute Love and Peace and....t-shirts to celebrate Imawanos life.
I want the Love and Peace and Cats one!
Or Love and Peace and Hanseiki Shounen...that can be my special one. :D
Anyway decided to post a huge collection of Imawano photos today. The first 14 are new uploads, the rest I have posted before, but I thought it would be nice to have them all in one place.
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Current Music: beat pops
27 April 2011 @ 08:27 am

This is probably the greatest song ever. Though the video is appalling quality. Amazing there isn't more clips of her on Youtube. Though I suppose I should expect peoples taste to be firmly lodged in their arses by now.
Certainly Germ Free Adolescents stands out as the finest Punk album ever made.
Poly Styrenes' voice was so superb! And her whole persona. She was tough and individual without being hard. Such a natural and free flowing talent! If only rock had produced more women like her. I can't believe she's dead. It seems like only five minutes ago she was releasing a come back single.
I have to say she was my biggest inspiration to write and sing songs. I wanted to be Poly.
*cries some more*
The world is a PLASTIC BAG!
Here is the album version just to be fair to her great singing skills.
We all gonna be exploited by somebody, by somebody!
Current Mood: sadsad

The Missing Fourth Leaf
Abe Yoshiharu

I'm looking all over a four leaf clover that I overlooked before
One is for sunshine the second is rain third is for roses bloom in the spring
No need explain the one remaining is somebody I adore
I'm looking over for a four leaf clover that I overlooked before
[ guitar ]
I'm looking over a four leaf clover...
I overlooked before

Carl Belew
I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover

from wiki:
According to tradition, such leaves bring good luck to their finders, especially if found accidentally. According to legend, each leaflet represents something: the first is for fame, the second is for wealth, the third is for love, and the fourth is for health.

Listening to this album was even more of a revelation to me than discovering Unicorn, and that is saying something.  I was completely astonished and instantly addicted. And I am hopelessly torn, because of course I want Unicorn to keep making music and performing for ever, but even more I want Abe Yoshiharu to make more of his wonderful music and to sing! Five years is too long between albums!
I'd listened to A, Singles, and ABEX GO GO, and loved each one more than the last, but NOTHING prepared me for the awesomeness of The Missing Fourth Leaf. I was taken by surprise attack...again!

Of all the music I have listened to, this is the most inspiring creatively,  and Abe has the most brilliant genius of a musical talent I have encountered anywhere.  His music is truly my kind of music and there is nothing else out there like it. It's like the music of my dreams come to life.

I can't find any lyrics on line for The Missing Fourth Leaf at all anywhere, so totally in the dark on that front. If anyone can help with Abe solo translations I would be so very happy! I did discover that two of his albums have English translations in the booklets (Rain and 44 Magnum). That was MOST appreciated. I do wonder if the hard copy of Fourth Leaf has them too...I bought mine from International I-Tunes. I hope you will show some support for Abe and do this as well.  I-tunes has named the album The Missing Forth Leaf and I have taken the liberty of correcting the spelling. The actual Japanese title translates as a "Forest of Four Leaf Clovers".

EDIT: Just after I posted this review, I received a message with lyric translations from hgmega , which was such a wonderful surprise! :) Apparently the lyrics had originally been translated into Korean by her friend Minimini, and she then translated them into English. I am very grateful to them both for their efforts, and I have posted all the lyrics as a foot note to the review, so everyone can enjoy them. I waited to add them because I thought I might change my review in light of them, but I don't think I do want to change any of it, even though reading it over makes me uncomfortable. Why is that? I don't know. The sound of a heart beating...it's annoying isn't it? Possibly it depends whose heart it is. Your own heart, definitely!

I need to mention WILDFIRE. Why is it out of print? That anything he has made could languish OOP boggles my mind. So please rerelease this one.

Having heard all his other solo albums now I'd say Abe just keeps getting more and more amazing with each album, but I do have a special soft spot for his acoustic album 風花雪月. So very beautiful! 

Anyway It's actually a while since I wrote this review, but I have been too busy to edit or post it. Now I am refusing to let busy get in the way. I've been listening to Fourth Leaf again too recently, last night it was especially good. Can I just say, like a good wine, this album keeps improving over time. It really is vino magico. Describing it adequately is very hard, which I think may be another reason it has taken so long to post this. I have ended up with a kind of word salad, rather than any sensible description. But then this is what my reviews are always like.

1. Undo
This reminds me of my childhood. The bass drum is like a tropical thunder storm in the distance, the rain is pouring from a hole in the gutter and my father is practicing the piano upstairs. Oh and then the Aliens from The Dark Side of the Moon landed...

2. 宣告
Senkoku is  the stand out supreme master of the universe track on an album full of gems. I've always had a big interest in the interface of technology and organic music and this is a premium and ground breaking example. Being a master of both, which is very rare, he manages to combine the two like no-one else has even imagined is possible. This is ten minutes of total bliss. It feels like he could expand this style and concept to fill a whole series of albums. I wish he would...he truly has unlimited potential as an artist. His unbound innovative imagination makes him unique. And this song is his most unique piece of uniqueness.

3. 風船とキャンパス
Balloons on Canvas
Gorgeous singing. I LOVE his voice best of all voices! Expressive power of a great and vital heart. That's what it is. Attention to the finest detail of every nuance of speech. The way he breathes. So warm it's like he is a living furnace. It's a musical education. I love this song too, very, very much!

4. チェーン
Dub style bass orgy song. Grows on you and provides an interesting contrast, but seems a little out of place with the album so far. A bit too repetitive at times perhaps.

5. コンクリートの水たまり
Concrete Puddle.
Slice of life sound scape. More rain and a hopeless sounding telephone call. Just dump that bitch...

6. Trauma
This is a concept/sound track. With the Floydian heartbeat and a train like sound. Ominous foghorn noises and a girl giggling without sounding amused. There is some vocals but they aren't front and center. Clocks ticking and engaged signals. Time is running out.

7. 虹色のパレット
Iris Palette...i-tunes version Rainbow Palette
We are suddenly cheesed off into a slightly over cheerful pop style. But Abe can and will force you to love any style, and as soon as he starts singing we forgive him the shock. But I do feel often the need to move onto track 8, which seems to pick up the knitting where he left it at the end of the lovely track 3.

8. 神の粒
Gods Grain (Gods Pill)
This one fits well into the saikou Senkoku opus. It's quite radical and totally original, and of course wickedly naughty too. Really a very inspired and creative use of the human voice. He is lifting the repressed lid off Pink Floyd, which was exactly what needed to happen to them. They always sounded like they were in pain and frustrated, but Abe is set free into ecstasy. And so are we.

9. Are you OK?
Back to the pure heart soul again. Love that concertina. Abe can even make a squeeze box sound sexy. He's that warm. And that guitar solo is a killer! This is a long gorgeous winding epic. I love it! But again it seems to want a whole new album to itself, with all it's pure and lovely friends. Superb though really, wherever you find it, you would be pleased to hear this song. Abe must be a total delight to see performing live. This is the core of his greatness I think. You can only really seriously and effectively use technology when you can do just as well without it.

10. Redo
For god sake get that gutter fixed and put a sock in the baby.

11. セイリング
A version of the Rod Stewart song, sung differently and in Japanese of course. Love those incredible sustained notes! Vocals are as warm and invigorating as a summer breeze. Sailing boats are magical symbols of freedom for me due to my childhood spent mucking about in boats. And the sea....

12. WAVE
I love how the sound of the foghorn merges into the piano, connecting these two songs. He has used these kind of sonic bridges very skillfully throughout the album, so that it has become much more than a collection of songs.
The piece itself is a highly passionate modern classical instrumental piano piece. Abe has a melancholy and romantic Schubert like nostalgia running through this album. The obvious depth of his musical training and the fact that his mother started giving him piano lessons at the age of 4 isn't the only reason he is so unique and gifted, but it certainly adds to the mix! All the elements have come together in this highly civilized and yet extremely wild individual. He is the perfect paradoxical mix of training, a liberated questing mind, and an exceptionally courageous spirit.
Which is why if you don't mind me saying, he felt instantly like family.
Not that I am well trained...far from it...XD
But still.
It was that kind of deep soul recognition.


...Come closer.


「暁は渦巻いて かななかと忍び寄る
(The dawn comes noiselessly in swirling storm
But the flowers in the field everywhere become extinct)

Who are you??

Who the hell are you!!

(Fates blossom darkly and fall reflecting each other
The grave blooming in the sky become extinct)

Who are you??

Who the hell are you!!

Tick-tock tick-tock the sound of beating heart is annoying,

isn't it?
Creaky creak the sound of living is annoying, isn't it?

───────────────Balloons and Canvas

-Multi-coloured balloons in a row,
drawing lines stretching over the white sky-

Yes, that's right, the child himself observed the cloud

Disregarding his bleeding knee, he kept running after it
Jumped into the sky running west and disappeared

It will be sunny tomorrow for sure

Guarded by excessively great power,
the pure ignorance let the days pass by leisurely
Oh yeah! Oh yeah!
Oh yeah! The world is here
Oh yeah! Oh yeah!
Oh yeah! You can go anywhere

-Multi-coloured balloons in a row,
drawing lines stretching over the white sky-

On the way back ate flowers and berries
Misty rain fell on that cheek on tiptoes
Between the heart that expands and changes and the

Spreading seeds rushing forward to that crag in the

mountain, yeah-!

Guarded by excessively great power,
the pure ignorance let the days pass by leisurely
Oh yeah! Oh yeah!
Oh yeah! The world is here
Oh yeah! Oh yeah!
Oh yeah! You can go anywhere

Show me your balloons, show me
Fuji's Susono(name of a place) is the end of the sea
Become one with my balloons
Become wind at the end of the cloud

-Multi-coloured balloons in a row,
drawing lines stretching over the white sky-


"Someone like you
Don't have to come
That's complete misunderstanding
Aren't you ashamed?"

"Hey, it's, hey
Hey, it's still there
That clover
'Cause it's not four-leafed"

1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, ...

"Cumbersome branches just get cut"
"The water here's delicious delicious..."

───────────────Puddle on the concrete

When you think about it, yes, precious things
For example balance, or
Being able to feel
The deliciousness of water in a cup
The piano actually even the fingers too
Everything is utterly soaked

Amidst the concrete
Only your skin is soft
I put an umbrella over you who is so
Not even the car knows
In this world where you can't see
Even a damn exit

You know, on that day why did you
Tip the receiver?
In the consciousness rising from a distance
The siren closed in
I won't act as I please
Since I can't anymore

Don't cut away this defiled me


Tick-tock tick-tock the sound of beating heart is annoying,

isn't it?
Creaky creak the sound of living is annoying, isn't it?

- Look at the sky -

───────────────Rainbow-coloured Palette

You, who like TV games, always
Ask me to take over at scary bits
The arm that holds me tight is all soft and smooth
This is the blessing(冥利: means the biggest blessing that being can rightly attain) of man, this is happiness

Crossing thousands years of time and now
Here lies sea and the light continues
Waves reach higher and higher and accept the circle
People also keep on singing and accept the love

The palette that flows from the past to the future
Amid overflowing hopes and meetings
Waking up early using a bit of willpower
Soon I will discover it
Or maybe not-.

Looking at the rising clouds, crushing the cigarette underfoot
"There's no time" did someone say that?

The palette that flows from the past to the future
Amid usual conversations and confusions
Each colour has a life dwelling within that
Cross over and blend together and touch the eyelids

Brighter palette, brighter than yesterday, than today
If only I can create a rainbow
-Similar to the one I saw that day-

Soon I will discover it, soon I will meet it

───────────────God's Grain

What is this? Where am I?
I can see the bit of my flesh that was cut away
"Is the sound of beating heart annoying?"
Where's water the pill the white God's grain

Taste of aluminium melted on my tongue
Again closed in, leaned, inflated, and saw
"Is the sound of living annoying?"
The umbrella the piano the wall wants God's grain

White white white white white white white...

I miss you my friends
Still happy while one, myself got missing...
Presently the balloon bounced and disappeared

───────────────Are you OK?

One evening for a
Definitely trivial reason, I ran away
Time when apple trees bear apples, maybe a recollection of light and shadow

Forgot how much time has passed
My young self crouched down and cried
Nan's voice calling me again and again, in that shadow of terribly red setting sun
Are you OK? "...My gums are numb"

Frogs came out on the roadside
And soon the sky changed, the signal for rain
Was engrossed and began catching them, it rained like crazy fierce and sharp
Are you OK? "...You still got that palette??

From that thing controlling rock'n'roll in the end
From those guys wearing golden suits
Because I couldn't stand a future like that
I ran out and surely...

Are you OK? "...It'd take 4 hours, right?"

No matter where you are at now
That is where you must be now
If there is a God above
Then surely there is no disaster you can't overcome
This life this reality now
That is so as it is
This life this truth now
Draw it as it is

"With a four leafed clover on your chest"


"Can you see?"

"Four leafed clover, it existed."


Spread your wings shine fly towards it
Sea and sky of Shonan(name of a place) continue to speak more and more

Flowers blooming in the fields
The key that was lost
They are all in your heart

Sailing oh sailing
Can you see the good wave
Sailing oh sailing
Come closer to your sea

Things I can think of are, yes, all embarassing
Yet just because you are here I can shine

Get it? This sky
This shining sea
Everything is in your heart

Sailing oh sailing
CAn you hear the good wave
Sailing oh sailing
Come closer to your sea

"Thank you..."

So I will always
Always here I will sing
Waiting for your true self
With warm and true heart

Sailing oh sailing
You can see the good wave
Come closer to your sea
Come closer... to your sea

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09 April 2011 @ 04:37 pm

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This video is epic and psychedelic.
Saikou Tommy!

Lots of very long void moons this month, so not much is getting done.
Plus I have visitors from bog land, with, gasp, children...XD
Cute little boys. One of them a funny shy artistic type who smiles at you all the time.
Children are wonderful, especially when they aren't yours.
At least between 5 and 10....
For a short period of time.
They make me feel like the Mad Hatter.

25 March 2011 @ 05:23 pm

Ah that did the required trick of making me smile. Possibly for the first time today, although I have finally got some painting done, I am still sneezy wheezy and feeling shite. Feels like I am allergic to everything, but I don't really get allergies. Could murder a beer right now actually.
My new chicken is super cute. I have christened her Boop Chan...because she makes this soft little booping noise unlike like the others who bork and squawk. You can pick her up quite easily and she kind of cuddles up to you and goes Boop Boop...XD
23 March 2011 @ 04:36 pm

Happy one today. We all need some cheering up I think.
Group Tamashii are like Unicorn in that they specialize in making people smile. This is very noble and very necessary, especially now.
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05 February 2011 @ 03:40 pm
Arghh! It is too hot! And not even a storm to relieve the tension.
No way you can do any serious work when its like this.
So instead I drew Shimura:

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He had such an incredible natural beauty it's hard to go wrong. No need for flattery at all!
There are certain people who are just too good for this world.

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Current Mood: hothot
30 January 2011 @ 01:02 pm

Found a cache of really beautiful Shimura Masahiko photos on Mixi, so I thought I'd set them free. Maybe they will inspire some of you to some art. They certainly do me. I feel the need to protest again that I love him because he was a musical genius, not because he's so lovely. Not sure why. I suppose because it seems disrespectful to treat someone who was so obviously extremely intelligent and gifted as if they were eye candy. I can only say that to me intelligence and beauty are the same thing. Stupid people, no matter how kind genetics have been to them, are always ugly.


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Current Music: Chocolate Panic