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Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Esperanto album set for first international release
Lazlo Rugoff, The Vinyl Factory
September 21, 2021

Created as the soundtrack to a performance by choreographer Molissa Fenley.

Ryuichi Sakamoto’s 1985 album Esperanto is being released internationally for the first time, via Wewantsounds this November.

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Originally composed to soundtrack a performance by American choreographer Molissa Fenley, Esperanto spans minimalism, ambient, proto-techno, “tropical soundscapes”, and beyond.

It features guest contributions from Arto Lindsay on guitar, and Japanese composer Yas-Kaz on percussion.

Esperanto follows Wewantsounds’ reissue of Algerian-Lebanese singer Warda’s 1973 album Khalik Hena.

Pre-order Esperanto here in advance of its 19th November release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.


Side A

1. A Wongga Dance Song
2. The “Dreaming”
3. A Rain Song
4. Dolphins
5. A Human Tube

Side B

1. Adelic Penguins
2. A Carved Stone
3. Ulu Watu

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