Hiroki Ishiguro

Koh Maiton

Sad Disco • 1993

Koh Maiton is where dreams come true. This Thai island in the turquoise Andaman Sea, with its white beaches and coral reefs, looks like something out of a picture book. And even though it’s on the other side of the world, a 10-song flight will transport you there. Japanese musician Hiroki Ishiguro turned it into a sonic laboratory of synthesizers, piano chords, rattles and whispering melodies on his second solo album, aptly titled »Koh Maiton«, in 1993. At the time, Hiroki Ishiguro was living in Thailand, where he drew inspiration from the sea and captured its depth and harmony on this album. 

The title tracks are named »Merical«, »joy« and »Dream« and paint a dreamy and sensual soundscape, with crystal clear water and warm sunshine at the forefront. Hiroki Ishiguro has created a masterpiece of escapist sound, now available on vinyl for the first time, making it all the more tangible and nostalgic. A particularly beautiful track is »Unity«, which borders on New Age hedonism with its Ariel-like charm and laid-back beach-bar acoustics. While the sounds evoke a humid summer haze, »Koh Maiton« creates a wonderful musical repertoire that floods you with escapism.