Plutonic Rainbows

Séigén Ono - Seigén

This album dates all the way back to 1984. Despite that, I’ve only just got around to listening to it. It’s a pleasant enough collection of strings and jazz that caused quite a stir back in the day. During the early 1980s, this would have appeared in many stores under the New Age banner. I remember seeing it mentioned in many magazines of the day as an essential album for relaxation and so forth. In many way, it really was a different world back then.

It also became a staple for the Japanese fashion house, Comme des Garçons - who used various works by the artist for their runway shows. Séigén Ono went on to compose albums of music specifically for the shows.

In truth, this album falls in with the Windham Hill collection and sounds a lot like George Winston and other artists of that era. Gentle piano appears on ‘Manhattan’ and although not typical of the album as a whole, it’s a pleasant piece.

These days, albums like Seigén are largely forgotten but often find a new if somewhat strange after-life in the Vaporwave genre.

Seigén is available on Audio CD as a Japanese Import.