FLAPPER - MINAKO YOSHIDA
Flapper is ecstatic, restless yet refined. Yoshida was one of the leading voices of the Rock and Soul infused music that was coming out in the 1970’s from Japan. This style that she helped pioneer would later become “City Pop”. She enlisted help from many of her other contemporaries on this record, including Haruoumi Hosono and Tatsuro Yamash*ta. Even though only one track was completely written by her, this is still her record, and she makes that obvious with her demanding vocal performance.
From the tropical fueled ラムはお好き？(Do You Like Rum?), to the heartfelt piano ballad忘れかけてた季節へ (A Season I Tried to Forget), there is a track for nearly every mood. The use of vibrant percussion and strings on the record is not overbearing, putting itself together like puzzle pieces into the grooves set by drums and bass. Flapper encapsulates detail, without begging for your attention.