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World Standard // Country Gazette 2xLP

World Standard // Country Gazette 2xLP

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World Standard aka Soichiro Suzuki (produced by Haruomi Hosono) is a reissue 2024-disc record released in February 2 from the all-genre label Cudighi Records in LA, USA. (Originally released in 2)

Contains 14 ambient Americana songs that sound like the soundtrack of a fictional road movie. Gatefold specification.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"Cudighi is pleased to present World Standard's 1997 release Country Gazette, newly remastered as a double LP and available on vinyl for the first time. Produced by pop electronics genius Haruomi Hosono, Country Gazette, produced by Soichiro Suzuki, is a pioneering piece of ambient Americana, and 2 years after its release, it remains unparalleled.

Conceived in the twilight of the 20th century, Country Gazette was the beginning of Suzuki's definitive Discover America series for Hosono's Daisyworld Discs label. In keeping with Daisy World's avant-garde ethos, Suzuki wanted to create music that explored uncharted territory. Abandoning the carefree exotica of his earlier work, he embraced the unknown and established three thematic ground rules:

1. To make a country music album (he didn't really like this genre).
2. Use sampled sound sources instead of live music.
3. Creating a virtual world that cannot be recreated live.

These constraints gave Suzuki the space to build and destroy his own interpretation of Americana. Fascinated by John Fahey and David Lynch's Twin Peaks, Suzuki eschewed traditional country clichés and instead painted a dark sonic portrait of horror and beauty. The resulting album is delicate and dissonant, pairing American Gothic with the uneasy atmosphere of the late '90s.

This unique sound was born out of the way Country Gazette was formed. Suzuki, who was more of a producer than a performer, used his bedroom studio as an instrument, using a lo-fi AKAI sampler to warp his guitar, banjo, and mandolin into acid-tinged honky-tonk. Shibuya-kei country, which deconstructs and fuses downtempo and delta blues, incorporates field recordings, cut-ups, and collages to create a montage of rural America. For Suzuki, any sample was fair game. A rusty fingerpicked guitar on a creaking cedar porch, the whisper of crickets, the scream of a steam locomotive hurtling into oblivion, the dry brush of a squeaky snare drum. The female chorus singing back in the scorching heat, the tremolo flickering like a desert haze, all of it is swallowed up and spit out, becoming a silent wasteland except for the distant thunder...

By fusing disparate samples, Suzuki creates intoxicating images that are chilly and cartoonish, unique and idyllic, soothing and supernatural. In this sense, Country Gazette is cinematic, like the soundtrack to a Wim Wenders road movie. Monochrome sandstorms, rolling grass through time, and lonely strangers in cowboy hats seeking shelter. Just like the album cover, which pays homage to the 1970 classic Nilsson Sings Newman, Suzuki guides us through the unknown with his co-pilot and traveling companion Hosono.

Country Gazette, which seeks to define America through Japan, exists beyond national borders, capturing rural landscapes and creating its own quirky world. It's neither country nor electronic; it's offbeat, amorphous, and completely innovative, an album that defies clear categorization. "

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Cudighi Records releases available at Tobira. 

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2 x 12" black vinyl. 

tracklist:

Page A
01. Introduction (1:15)
02. Good Red Road (2:50)
03. The Lonely Driver 1952 (5:21)
04. Country Sad Ballad Man (1:47)
05. Loser's Lounge (3:17)

Side B
06. Old Man Blues (3:36)
07. Loving Spoonful (3:26)
08. Billy Strange Country (6:38)

Side C
09. My Low – Chuned Banjo (3:34)
10. 900 Miles From Home (2:19)
11. Silent Homecoming (3:47)
12. Hollyville Train (5:23)

Side D
13. Montage Lonesome Hobo-Land (8:52)
14. Cowboys Don't Cry (3:05)
 

Cudighi Records:

" Cudighi is thrilled to announce the first vinyl release of World Standard's 1997 Country Gazette, newly remastered as a double LP set. Produced by pop electronic wiz Haruomi Hosono and created by Sohichiro Suzuki, Country Gazette is a pioneering piece of ambient Americana that remains unparalleled 27 years after its release.

Conceived during the dusk of the 20th century, Country Gazette kicked off Suzuki's definitive “Discover America” series for Hosono's label Daisyworld Discs. To match Daisyworld's avant-garde ethos, Suzuki knew he wanted to make music that explored uncharted territory. Ditching the carefree exotica of his early work, he embraced the unknown and laid down three thematic ground rules:

1. Make a country music album (a genre he wasn't exactly fond of).
2. Use sampled sound sources in lieu of live performance.
3. Create a virtual world that cannot be reproduced live.

These restrictions gave Suzuki space to build - and break down - his own interpretations of Americana. Channeling his fascination with John Fahey and David Lynch's Twin Peaks, Suzuki eschewed traditional country clichés to instead paint a dark sonic portrait where fear and beauty intertwined. The resulting album was both delicate and dissonant, pairing the anxious atmosphere of the late 90s with American Gothic.

This unique sound came from the way Country Gazette was assembled. More producer than performer, Suzuki used his bedroom studio as an instrument, manipulating guitars, banjos, and mandolins with lo-fi AKAI samplers and warping his way to acid-tinged honky-tonk It was Shibuya-kei country, a deconstructed fusion of downtempo and Delta blues that incorporated field recordings, cut-ups, and collages to make a montage of rural America. For Suzuki, any sample was fair game. A rusty fingerpicked guitar on a creaky cedar porch. The whisper of sounds. The ghastly scream of a steam locomotive barreling toward oblivion. Dry brushes on a squeaky snare drum. A female chorus feeding back in the scorching heat. Tremolo cricket flickering like desert haze. All of it swallowed up and spat out as a silent wasteland, save for distant thunder…

By melding disparate samples, Suzuki created intoxicated imagery that is chilling and cartoonish, peculiar and pastoral, soothing and supernatural. In this sense, Country Gazette feels cinematic, like the lost soundtrack to a Wim Wenders road movie with no clear destination. It's a world of monochrome sandstorms, time-warped tumbleweeds, and lonesome strangers shrouded by cowboy hats, seeking refuge. Much like the album cover - itself an homage to the 1970 classic “Nilsson Sings Newman” - Suzuki guides us across the unknown with Hosono-san, his co-pilot and travel companion.

In its effort to define America by way of Japan, Country Gazette exists beyond borders, both capturing the countryside and creating its own wacky world. It's an album that defies clear categorization - not quite country or electronic, it is offbeat, amorphous, and wholly innovative."

Artist: World Standard

Label: Cudighi Records

CAT No: CUD75

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*Will be shipped after restocking in early October

World Standard aka Soichiro Suzuki (produced by Haruomi Hosono) is a reissue 2024-disc record released in February 2 from the all-genre label Cudighi Records in LA, USA. (Originally released in 2)

Contains 14 ambient Americana songs that sound like the soundtrack of a fictional road movie. Gatefold specification.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"Cudighi is pleased to present World Standard's 1997 release Country Gazette, newly remastered as a double LP and available on vinyl for the first time. Produced by pop electronics genius Haruomi Hosono, Country Gazette, produced by Soichiro Suzuki, is a pioneering piece of ambient Americana, and 2 years after its release, it remains unparalleled.

Conceived in the twilight of the 20th century, Country Gazette was the beginning of Suzuki's definitive Discover America series for Hosono's Daisyworld Discs label. In keeping with Daisy World's avant-garde ethos, Suzuki wanted to create music that explored uncharted territory. Abandoning the carefree exotica of his earlier work, he embraced the unknown and established three thematic ground rules:

1. To make a country music album (he didn't really like this genre).
2. Use sampled sound sources instead of live music.
3. Creating a virtual world that cannot be recreated live.

These constraints gave Suzuki the space to build and destroy his own interpretation of Americana. Fascinated by John Fahey and David Lynch's Twin Peaks, Suzuki eschewed traditional country clichés and instead painted a dark sonic portrait of horror and beauty. The resulting album is delicate and dissonant, pairing American Gothic with the uneasy atmosphere of the late '90s.

This unique sound was born out of the way Country Gazette was formed. Suzuki, who was more of a producer than a performer, used his bedroom studio as an instrument, using a lo-fi AKAI sampler to warp his guitar, banjo, and mandolin into acid-tinged honky-tonk. Shibuya-kei country, which deconstructs and fuses downtempo and delta blues, incorporates field recordings, cut-ups, and collages to create a montage of rural America. For Suzuki, any sample was fair game. A rusty fingerpicked guitar on a creaking cedar porch, the whisper of crickets, the scream of a steam locomotive hurtling into oblivion, the dry brush of a squeaky snare drum. The female chorus singing back in the scorching heat, the tremolo flickering like a desert haze, all of it is swallowed up and spit out, becoming a silent wasteland except for the distant thunder...

By fusing disparate samples, Suzuki creates intoxicating images that are chilly and cartoonish, unique and idyllic, soothing and supernatural. In this sense, Country Gazette is cinematic, like the soundtrack to a Wim Wenders road movie. Monochrome sandstorms, rolling grass through time, and lonely strangers in cowboy hats seeking shelter. Just like the album cover, which pays homage to the 1970 classic Nilsson Sings Newman, Suzuki guides us through the unknown with his co-pilot and traveling companion Hosono.

Country Gazette, which seeks to define America through Japan, exists beyond national borders, capturing rural landscapes and creating its own quirky world. It's neither country nor electronic; it's offbeat, amorphous, and completely innovative, an album that defies clear categorization. "

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Cudighi Records releases available at Tobira. 

-------------------------------------

2 x 12" black vinyl. 

tracklist:

Page A
01. Introduction (1:15)
02. Good Red Road (2:50)
03. The Lonely Driver 1952 (5:21)
04. Country Sad Ballad Man (1:47)
05. Loser's Lounge (3:17)

Side B
06. Old Man Blues (3:36)
07. Loving Spoonful (3:26)
08. Billy Strange Country (6:38)

Side C
09. My Low – Chuned Banjo (3:34)
10. 900 Miles From Home (2:19)
11. Silent Homecoming (3:47)
12. Hollyville Train (5:23)

Side D
13. Montage Lonesome Hobo-Land (8:52)
14. Cowboys Don't Cry (3:05)
 

Cudighi Records:

" Cudighi is thrilled to announce the first vinyl release of World Standard's 1997 Country Gazette, newly remastered as a double LP set. Produced by pop electronic wiz Haruomi Hosono and created by Sohichiro Suzuki, Country Gazette is a pioneering piece of ambient Americana that remains unparalleled 27 years after its release.

Conceived during the dusk of the 20th century, Country Gazette kicked off Suzuki's definitive “Discover America” series for Hosono's label Daisyworld Discs. To match Daisyworld's avant-garde ethos, Suzuki knew he wanted to make music that explored uncharted territory. Ditching the carefree exotica of his early work, he embraced the unknown and laid down three thematic ground rules:

1. Make a country music album (a genre he wasn't exactly fond of).
2. Use sampled sound sources in lieu of live performance.
3. Create a virtual world that cannot be reproduced live.

These restrictions gave Suzuki space to build - and break down - his own interpretations of Americana. Channeling his fascination with John Fahey and David Lynch's Twin Peaks, Suzuki eschewed traditional country clichés to instead paint a dark sonic portrait where fear and beauty intertwined. The resulting album was both delicate and dissonant, pairing the anxious atmosphere of the late 90s with American Gothic.

This unique sound came from the way Country Gazette was assembled. More producer than performer, Suzuki used his bedroom studio as an instrument, manipulating guitars, banjos, and mandolins with lo-fi AKAI samplers and warping his way to acid-tinged honky-tonk It was Shibuya-kei country, a deconstructed fusion of downtempo and Delta blues that incorporated field recordings, cut-ups, and collages to make a montage of rural America. For Suzuki, any sample was fair game. A rusty fingerpicked guitar on a creaky cedar porch. The whisper of sounds. The ghastly scream of a steam locomotive barreling toward oblivion. Dry brushes on a squeaky snare drum. A female chorus feeding back in the scorching heat. Tremolo cricket flickering like desert haze. All of it swallowed up and spat out as a silent wasteland, save for distant thunder…

By melding disparate samples, Suzuki created intoxicated imagery that is chilling and cartoonish, peculiar and pastoral, soothing and supernatural. In this sense, Country Gazette feels cinematic, like the lost soundtrack to a Wim Wenders road movie with no clear destination. It's a world of monochrome sandstorms, time-warped tumbleweeds, and lonesome strangers shrouded by cowboy hats, seeking refuge. Much like the album cover - itself an homage to the 1970 classic “Nilsson Sings Newman” - Suzuki guides us across the unknown with Hosono-san, his co-pilot and travel companion.

In its effort to define America by way of Japan, Country Gazette exists beyond borders, both capturing the countryside and creating its own wacky world. It's an album that defies clear categorization - not quite country or electronic, it is offbeat, amorphous, and wholly innovative."

Artist: World Standard

Label: Cudighi Records

CAT No: CUD75