Satoshi Ashikawa's Ambient Masterpiece 'Still Way' Gets First-Ever Vinyl Reissue
Published Jul 08, 2019Satoshi Ashikawa's jaw-dropping ambient electronic album Still Way (Wave Notation 2) is at last being treated to a vinyl reissue. On August 16, the 1982 record by the Japanese composer will arrive on vinyl again via WRWTFWW.
Ashikawa's album first arrived as part of the Wave Notation series, which also included Hiroshi Yoshimura's equally great Music for Nine Postcards. As WRWTFWW explains, "Still Way is, without a doubt, a seminal Japanese environmental/ambient/minimalism album, often mentioned alongside Midori Takada's Through Looking Glass and Hiroshi Yoshimura's Green as one of the genre's most important pieces."
The label also adds, "The result is simply phenomenal, subtle minimalism and emotional elegance exquisitely orchestrated by Satoshi Ashikawa and his team consisting of his wife Masami Ashikawa (on flute), Midori Takada (on vibraphone), Yuko Utsumi (on harp), Tomoko Sono (on piano), and Junko Arase (on vibraphone)."
The reissue will arrive on vinyl, as well as digitally and on CD. The CD and digital versions will contain the bonus track "Winkle."
All versions feature new liner notes by Midori Takada, Irish producer Gareth Quinn Redmond and Ashikawa himself, with cover artwork by Hiroshi Yoshimura.
A companion effort inspired by Ashikawa's work called Laistigh den Ghleo by Irish composer Gareth Quinn Redmond will also be released alongside Still Way.
You can pre-order the release now over on Bandcamp. Below, you can also sample the album's "Image Under the Tree."
Still Way (Wave Notation 2):
2. Landscape of Wheels
3. Still Park – Ensemble
4. Still Park – Piano Solo
5. Still Sky
6. Image Under The Tree
7. Wrinkle *
* CD and digital bonus track