The revered music journalist takes a trip to the translucent lights and ecstatic sounds of disco pop from ’80s Japan.
Welcome back to Adam Harper‘s monthly bubblebath. If you’ve been here before, you already know that Adam is not one to fall for the Technicolor advances of the rampant retromania in pop music, which is why it took him a while to get comfortable with Japan’s city pop, the ’80s genre often associated with urban nostalgia. In this episode, Adam examines how a retro-modern style such as city pop can remind today’s listeners of the big ideas and utopian ideals we’ve almost forgotten (or purposely put aside). Presented in a new context, listening to the lush fusion jazz and AOR-inspired pop anthems of the past becomes not only a highly enjoyable experience, but a bittersweet and utterly modernist one.