On Retinae

by Dip In The Pool

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Thomas beautiful arrangements that'll immerse you in any brisk walk through the winter night
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Niccolo Brown Dip In The Pool's "On Retinae" is pop music as it should be done. The fact that it was unearthed by those crate-digging genii at Music From Memory from an obscure Japanese record released in 1989 should make us feel slightly ashamed that we need reminding of that fact. Both versions are utter delights from start to finish and will be played every time some numpty from Your Voice starts caterwauling vacuously from my TV screen in an attempt to convince me otherwise. Sublime Favorite track: On Retinae (West Version).


Music From Memory’s third 12” release features two versions of the track ‘On Retinae’ by the Japanese pop duo Dip In The Pool. With support from friend Yasuaki Shimizu (AKA Mariah) on clarinet, the track is pure end of the night pop perfection and something of a lost classic.

Originally appearing on Dip In The Pool’s 1989 LP of the same name, ‘On Retinae’ was also pressed in Hong Kong as a 50 copies only promo 12” release, the existence of which remained unknown even to the band themselves until recently. True to that original promo release Music From Memory have chosen to present both the ‘West’ (English Version) and ‘East’ (Japanese Version) again in 12” format.

Blending a unique sense of music and style, Dip In The Pool created a refined sense of dreamy minimal pop formed by the productions of Tatsjui Kimura and the ethereal, floating vocals of Miyako Koda. Something of a fashion icon and a much-photographed model in Japan, Miyako is also an actress and has appeared in a number of Japanese feature films.

Since their debut LP on the UK’s Rough Trade label in 1985, the group gained something of a cult following and have continued to record and perfom live, with this 12” coming ahead of a much-deserved compilation of the groups work which is to be released by Warner Brothers digitally and on CD later this year.


released April 3, 2016



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