Review: In the early-to-mid 1980s, children's television was decidedly odd. Arguably the strangest show of all was The Moomins, an animated puppet show based on a series of Finnish children's books. When the original show was re-purposed for UK TV, it was re-dubbed into English, with the addition of a fabulously psychedelic soundtrack from post-punk synthesizer enthusiasts Graeme Miller and Steve Shill. Here, Finders Keepers' has gathered together the best of the duo's work for the series. Expect early analogue synthesizer sounds, bizarrely folksy instrumentation, trippy noises, and an array of fragile melodies. It's weird, all right, but also really rather good.
Review: While most celebrated in electronic music circles for his work as part of Yellow Magic Orchestra - not to mention a string of experimental solo works - Ryuichi Sakamoto has long been an acclaimed composer of music for the big screen. As the title suggests, this fine compilation gathers together some of his best soundtrack works. There are plenty of familiar favourites present - check the chiming, suitably cheery theme to "Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence" and the swelling closing theme from "The Last Emperor" - alongside lesser-known gems such as the lilting strings of "The Sheltering Sky (Main Theme)", the simmering beauty of "Little Buddha: Acceptance" and the jazz-influenced bliss of "Femme Fatale: Bolerisch".
Review: Almost everything about 'The Wings of Honneamise', to use the English-language title, has been slow burning, despite the 1987 film being described by legendary critic Roger Ebert as "one of the most ambitious of all anime productions" and a "visually sensational two-hour extravaganza". A massive movie, but even that review was written eight years after its original release, when the Japanese flick finally made it to US cinemas. Here we are then, almost 35 years on, and the score is available to own on its own, conceived and created by the Ryuichi Sakamoto - composer, curator, producer and owner of a hive mind's worth of musical knowledge. Introductions aside, the soundtrack makes perfect sense with or without watching anything, luring us in onto another cosmic plane through epic synth adventures, playful piano polkas and operatic overtures, resulting in what you could describe as a meeting of classical and RPG chip music.