Mercuric Dance album cover
Mercuric Dance

Haruomi Hosono

Monad Records

Hosono’s longtime love for ambient music reaches its finest iteration in Mercuric Dance. Loops and cycling motifs slow to the pace of a resting heartbeat, as if Hosono’s machines are engaged in deep breathing. As Hosono once put it: “In making ambient music, I came to the realization that it is definitely not an external environment, but rather the internal ambience.” It strikes a profound balance between being icy and oceanic and warm and lullaby-like. An unheralded electronic album from the era.

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