80’s Japan – Maria Takeuchi and Miki Matsubara (Music Finds #71)

“Music Finds” is a series with new posts here on the blog each Wednesday. The concept is as follows:
As I listen to a lot of music, I from time to time finds a piece that sticks out, sometimes because it’s quirky, mixed two very unlikely genres, unlikely instruments, or just damn right having an awesome sound. Expect any kind of genre to appear here. These songs is what I will be sharing with you in these posts called “Music Finds”
But really it’s mostly a segment about some of my most played songs!”

Today I bring you two marvelous songs which captures a great essence of the 1980’s in musical form by two Japanese singers. First out is Plastic Love by Maria Takeuchi. We’re presented with typical percussion, strings and brass sweeps of the era, combined with her well performed vocals.

Maria TakeuchiPlastic Love

Next one is “Stay With me” by Miki Matsubara who sadly left us way to early. This song starts of with some Bee Gees-sounding choir and a guitar like taken from a Marvin Gaye song, then proceeding into a rather mellow verse, but as the bridge kicks in one can already anticipate – a swinging chorus!

Also, stay aware for theres a saxophone solo in there, of course! ;-)

Miki MatsubaraStay with me

Want to discover more great music? Check out my works as AREKU here, and then check out the previous episodes of Music Finds!

#70 – Born of Morning Miso
#69 – Give me every vivid-pendulum

#68 – Jambinai, AKMU, T-ara

#67 – Trick or Cigarette Lips

#66 – Miles Away, The Mermaids

#65 – What happened to Fear and Delight in Soho?
 
#64 – Music Finds #64

#63 – Last Minute
 
#62 – Coffee and tea doesn’t seem that tasty

#61 – Unexpected Vitas

– Musical Inspiration; hide

#60 – Guilty Zinger

#59 – JUDY AND MARY

#58 – Matilda identity crisis, Scars of X, God Comes Around
 
#57 – Mishmash Wednesday

#56 – Country ‘o Clock

#55 – Paradis
#54 – The Lost Episode
#53 – Tricot and Hara Kanako

#52 – ARUKARA’s weird mix

#51 – Shishamo (again)

#50 – Shishamo

#49 – Harmonica (NDH)

#48 – Visual like “92

#47 – Mamamoo and 高橋みなみ

#46 – Most Played This Week (Mamamoo, hide, JYP)

#45 – Still Alive

#44 – Boogie, Come on!

#43 – Goodbye, Love Letter

#42 – HOTEI

#41 – Angstmas and Twangy MCR

#40 – Real Reol
 
#39 – Swing it, Magister’n (Electro Swing)

#38 – Tillbaka till Vintergatan

#37 – Weekly (re-)discover

#36 – Melodic Pokémon 

#35 – Mellow with Fei Wang

#34 – Synthesized loneliness

#33 – “LEMONed Bay City”, I screamed

#32 – Cheer up, Heathens 
#31 – So what, it’s jazz

#3o – Old favorites
 
#29 – Why so serious? 

#28 – Hippetihop

#27 – Game Music

#26 – Just ordinary things

#25 – Ut i Vintergatan 

#24 – New finds from Korea

#23 – Rainy Game

#22 – How to keep Kool in the summer

#21 – The emotional Jimmy Cats

#20 – 19 Music tips (Music Finds -MASTER POST-)
#19 – Phantasmagoria
#18 – New (old) records

#17 – Classical, K-pop and disco

#16 – MUCC/ムック
#15 – My introduction to Japanese Music

#14 – Fragile Voices 
#13 – Pop and Black-Metal

#12 – Nostalgia for no reason

#11 – Some J to your Rock

#10 – Lynch. the devil

#9 – Oldies but Goldies
#8 – Gotta have that ‘oumpf’

#7 – “The Visualist from OZ”

#6 – A French Danse
#5 – Post-rock
#4 – Japanese Anti-Hero
#3 – Reggae meets metal
#2 – Korean Idols?
#1 – Steampunk Sing-along

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