The paradox of finding a new way to discover music that involves the city’s denizens at large means that I, more often than not, have to admit, either to them or to you, just how little music I actually know. With every person I photograph whose records I don’t recognize (even for the ones I do), I usually go home and fire up Google, Wiki, Steaming, and Discogs, and find myself in a rabbit hole of discovery. You’d think such an interest would level up your knowledge, but the more you come to know, the less you seem to know…the further down the rabbit hole you go, the bigger and more endless the rabbit hole seems to become.
When I spotted cool and photogenic Eda san, walking down Inokashira Street carrying that iconic red and black vinyl bag, out in the wild miles from any Disk Union, and when I asked him what he scored, and when he produced a Julia Fordman 12” single of “Happy Ever After”, and when I realized I didn’t think I’d ever heard of Jula Fordman, I just had to come clean, as I often have to do. Eda san, by no means, faulted me for not knowing, but when he declared with confidence about the record, “This is a masterpiece!”, well, I just can’t ignore that. So I went home and listened to the tune 2-3 times, after downloading the wiki page to my brain, and just as Eda had said, Julia Fordman is a master vocalist, and Happy Ever After is indeed a stunning piece of music.
Eda also hipped me to the fact that there is a very local DJ collective composed only of members living in the quiet pocket of Tokyo that Eda and I share in Suginami-Ku.
…I grew up on Top 40 radio, and despite my deep interest in and passion for music, I guess my musical knowledge, like with so many topics, is pretty basic, especially compared to the real aficionados. But maybe that is a good thing, because I am continually impressed, and just in awe of all that’s out there and what I’ll discover next.
More Tokyo Record Style on the way.
Julia Fordham – Happy Ever After
Label: Circa – 611 607
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Maxi-Single, Stereo
Style: Downtempo, Synth-pop
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