BELLADONNA EP (RECORD STORE DAY 2021) by MASAHIKO SATO

SKU118139
ArtistMASAHIKO SATO
TitleBELLADONNA EP (RECORD STORE DAY 2021)
LabelFINDERS KEEPERS
Catalog #FKSP 021
Genre
ReleaseW 23 - 2021
FormatVinyl - UK7''
EAN Barcode5060099507687
Import
 € 22,50 incl. VAT, excl. shipping

Tracks

  1. The Plague Reigns
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/f/fksp_021_belladonna_ep_record_store_day_2021/sf824238-01-01-01.mp3
  2. Witch Hunt
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/f/fksp_021_belladonna_ep_record_store_day_2021/sf824238-01-02-01.mp3

Description

From a clutch of thirteen lost cues which never appeared on the mythical Italian-only soundtrack 
album to Belladonna Of Sadness, this limited 45rpm single finally combines the two elusive freak fuzz 
tracks that aficionados unanimously agree to be the finest themes to feature on the film. 

Encompassing virtually all of the free jazz and screaming psych signatures found on Masahiko’s own 
albums and collaborations these two tracks also hear Sato experimenting with hard rock rhythms and 
afro rock aesthetics devised to enhance the flamboyant and erratic folkloric storyboard of the film.

Available as part of RSD 2021 on limited edition 7” vinyl (1000 copies only)

Not content with liberating what many consider the rarest soundtrack on BOTH the cut-throat Italian and 
Japanese collectors markets (with the repress of the music to Eiichi Yamamoto’s erotic-historic Pinky 
anime psych cinematic feature Belladonna Of Sadness), Finders Keepers Records return to the composer 
Masahiko Sato’s bottomless well in an attempt to retrieve the elixir which enticed us in the first place. 
From a clutch of thirteen lost cues which never appeared on the mythical Italian-only soundtrack album, 
this limited 45rpm single finally combines the two elusive freak fuzz tracks that aficionados unanimously 
agree to be the finest themes to feature on the film.
 
Encompassing virtually all of the free jazz and screaming psych signatures found on Masahiko’s own 
albums and collaborations, such as Amalgamation, Yamataifu and Rumour (all recorded around the same 
era), these two tracks also hear Sato experimenting with hard rock rhythms and afro rock aesthetics 
devised to enhance the flamboyant and erratic folkloric storyboard of the film. Not scared to deploy 
radical 1970’s studio devices like guitar fuzz pedals and keyboard ring modulators Masahiko literally pulls 
out all the stops with his organs, synths and pianos to deeply coat artist Kuni Fukai’s most eye-popping 
scenes with his own sonic equivalent of hallucinogenic face melting mayhem. Complete with rhythm 
players and soloists from his associated bands The New Herd and The Soundbreakers these two tracks 
alone draw comparisons with the likes of Wolfgang Dauner (with whom Sato was a firm friend during 
the recording of albums like Output and Fur) and will certainly strike similarities to Miles Davis’ Filmore/
Bitches Brew period, but never without his own distinct Japanese jazz flavour, thus placing these tracks 
alongside other rare and unreleased psychedelic recordings such as J. A. Caesars music for the films of 
Shuji Terayama and Toshi Ichiyanagi and April Fools music for Yoshishige Yoshida’s Eros Plus Massacre. 

Continued comparisons to Alain Goraguer’s animation soundtrack for La Planete Sauvage can be 
attributed to Sato’s use of Rhodes electric pianos, but as one of the first three people to import a Moog 
synthesiser to Japan (a key player on the collectable Electro Keyboard Orchestra), Sato’s tracks on this 
45 successfully convey his wash of electro enhanced layered noise that illustrates the films pivotal plague 
scene in which Fukai paints an unforgiving black sea over the world to avenge the honour of the films 
traumatised leading protagonist. Complete with the obligatory chase scene which provides a backdrop 
for the films frenzied witch hunt segment Sato successfully turns his hand to a unique blend of Japanese 
afro rock (which in its deft execution shares unlikely similarities with Finders Keepers’ Iranian anthem 
Helelyos by Zia) proving the composer to be a versatile and forward-thinking musician who in the case of 
this genuinely mythical (in all senses of the work) soundtrack has arguably created his unrivalled cinematic 
masterpiece.

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