Solid State Survivor



SLEEVE: NM-   MEDIA: NM-   YEAR: 1980   ORIGIN: Japan   EXTRAS: Obi with insert

Solid State Survivor is the second album by Japanese electronic music band Yellow Magic Orchestra, released in 1979.

Whilst Kraftwerk are often cited as the godfathers of modern synth-pop, YMO remain strangely undervalued despite operating within the same era and being, at one point, the most successful band recording in Japan. This was perhaps due to the disparities in their respective performance styles: Kraftwerk played up to the obvious robotic metaphor of the synthesiser, remaining rigidly arch, but YMO embraced its inherent sexiness and futuristic cool, fusing eastern tradition with the familiar structure of western pop music.

Ryuichi Sakamoto, Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi showed that electronic music could integrate with our established notions of music and fashion – it wasn’t just a temporary gimmick to play around with. Solid State Survivor would cement this idea.

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