Japanese musician Haruomi Hosono has announced the release of Hochono House, a brand new reimagining of his seminal 1973 solo debut Hosono House, as BrooklynVegan first reported. The album comes out on March 6 as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hosono’s 1969 major-label debut with the group Apryl Fool. It will feature rearranged and re-recorded interpretations of classic songs from Hosono House, including a new version of “Bara to Yajuu” that’s available now.
Hosono is perhaps best known in the U.S. for his work in the wildly influential 1970s synth pop trio Yellow Magic Orchestra with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Yukihiro Takashi. However, his solo career has been much longer and covered much more musical territory, with acclaimed albums dealing in everything from folk rock to ambient techno. In recent years Hosono has also built something of a cult following among contemporary indie artists, most notably Vampire Weekend, whose recent single “2021” sampled the Hosono song “Talking,” and Mac Demarco, who recently released covers of Hosono’s “Honey Moon” and “Tropical Dandy,” and whose album art for 2 was inspired by Hosono House.
Five of Hosono’s solo records were also reissued by Light in The Attic last year, including Hosono House, Paraiso, Cochin Moon, Philharmony and omni Sight Seeing, marking their first release outside Japan. Hosono has also announced a pair of U.S. dates this summer to accompany Hochono House, including a stop at New York City’s Gramercy Theater on May 29 and another at The Mayan in Los Angeles on June 3. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. local time, with pre-sales open now.
You can get your tickets for the shows in New York and L.A., and listen to the new version of “Bara to Yajuu” via Spotify here.