Jheri Curl June: Tomoko Aran’s “ひと夏のタペストリー (Hitonatsu no Tapestry)”

Tokoko Aran is a City Pop artist who put out a slew of albums on Warner Bros. during the 1980s, including this track, “ひと夏のタペストリー(Hitonatsu no Tapestry)” from 1983’s Fyukukan.

“Hitonatsu no Tapestry” would sound great in a mix with George Duke’s “Shine On” from 1982 and George Benson‘s “Give Me the Night” from 1980. Though “Hitonatsu no Tapestry” shares some similarities with both of these songs, it incorporates more synths instead of a horn or string section, which is consistent with how Jheri Curl Music sounded after Prince’s 1999 album was released, and would sound for the rest of the decade. By 1983, R&B was shedding the remnants of Post-Disco and sounding much more cold and synthetic as it entered into the Jheri Curl golden age of the mid-’80s.

But, you can relive the first couple of years of J.C.M. by listening to our playlists, here:





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