Yano Hinaki is a Japanese avant-garde composer and musician. He is best known for his work in the field of contemporary classical music but has also composed for traditional Japanese instruments and ensembles. His solo album Flac was released in 2006.
History and Background of the Album
Released in 1981, Yano Hinaki’s self-titled solo album was his first and only release as a solo artist. The album was recorded in just two days at a studio in Tokyo and features Yano on vocals, guitar, and piano. The album includes ten original songs written by Yano, plus one cover of the song “Ai no Kotoba” by Japanese singer-songwriter Kiyoshiro Imawano.
Yano began his career as a member of the folk-rock band Happy End, which formed in 1968 and released their debut album in 1970. After the band broke up in 1974, Yano joined forces with singer-songwriter Masaaki Sakamoto to form the duo Chage & Aska.
The duo enjoyed great success in Japan throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, releasing a string of hit albums and singles. In 1995, they announced their decision to go their separate ways, and Yano returned to his solo career.
The songs on Yano’s solo album reflect his personal experiences and emotions at the time of its release. The opening track, “Kimi ga Inai Mirai,” is a ballad about loss and longing, while “Namida no Ato ni wa” is a more upbeat number about moving on from heartbreak. Other standout tracks include “Tokyo Story,” a love letter to the city of Tokyo; “Haru no Ame,” a wistful ode to springtime