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Sunshine Kiz

Ship To Shore Phonograph Co.

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$48.00 SGD
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Listening to Piper, you’d never think that their early influences included Wishbone Ash and Camel. But that’s where the Japanese group first caught the bug for their glossy, carefree grooves. Formed by singer-guitarist Keisuke Yamamoto, Piper’s 1981 debut I’m Not in Love had a smidgen of the Western sludge they favored, and original vocalist George Hikida wanted to take the band in a more prog rock direction. But he left when he saw what Yamamoto had up his sleeve. By the time of their second album the group was in thrall to a more local sound: the BGM (Background music) pioneered by members of Yellow Magic Orchestra. Ship to Shore has reissued three Piper albums from this shimmering era, and in 40-minute doses, they’ll transport you to a simpler time…

…Sunshine Kiz, another quick project that was released in 1984, is even more of a song album, and putting aside the Linn drums for a Drumulator gave the band a more natural sounding drum program. With its onomatopoeic background chorus and El Lay-slick guitar solo, the title track is one of the most yacht-rockish thing on all three albums, and live shows at the time (with a real drummer) gave Piper a reputation for great stage presence. Piper even goes more power-pop with “Seaside Runner” and a guitar lick right out of the Raspberries. – Spectrum Culture

Label: Ship To Shore Phonograph Co. ‎– STS-071

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Transparent blue vinyl w/ white splatter

Country: US

Released: 2020

Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul, Pop

Style: Boogie, City Pop, Disco, Funk, Synth-pop