Long Season (studio album) by フィッシュマンズ [Fishmans]

Long Season by フィッシュマンズ [Fishmans]
Year: 1996
Overall rank: 329th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Award Top 10 albums of 1996 (6th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1990s (63rd)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (329th)
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フィッシュマンズ [Fishmans] bestography

Long Season is ranked 2nd best out of 16 albums by フィッシュマンズ [Fishmans] on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by フィッシュマンズ [Fishmans] is 98.12.28 男達の別れ [98.12.28 Otokotachi No Wakare] which is ranked number 309 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 6,157.

フィッシュマンズ [Fishmans] album bestography « Higher ranked (309th) This album (329th) Lower ranked (1,384th) »
98.12.28 男達の別れ [98.12.28 Otokotachi No Wakare]Long SeasonUchū Nippon Setagaya

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From 10/10/2021 14:01
This thing is pretty darn masterful. Amazing feel, inventive textures, and largely gripping the whole way through.

Long Season drips with color and emotion with a structure that ensures a massive pay off for the listener. Get caught up in this beautiful whirlwind as soon as you can.
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From 07/19/2021 23:07
A beautifully crafted piece of just pure brilliance. It is 35 minutes of bliss and it is difficult to get to the end of the album and not feel like you have been transported to a completely different variation of reality. Long Season is a must listen for anyone with even a slight interest in music.
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From 05/17/2021 14:34
Incrível viagem eletrônica
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From 02/06/2021 22:27
Beautiful
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From 06/18/2020 23:10
Where can I find another album like this? Nowhere? Cool.
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From 06/03/2020 19:13
Fishmans' penultimate album, Long Season, is tricky to recapitulate. The music itself seems beyond the realm of tangibility, reminiscent of a soothing summer daydream, effortlessly invoking the ethereal. Despite not being a Japanese speaker, Shinji Sato's tender coos resonate through the sheer emotion that they delicately channel. Sato's vocals function as an extension of the instrumentation rather than a separate entity, consolidating into a 35 minute cloudburst of dream pop and psychedelia. The record in earnest consists of five parts, all weaving together to manifest the full anatomy of Long Season.

As Long Season (Part 1) surfaces, a spacey, smoky atmosphere comes into focus, bubbling with an alien strut. The track evolves into a cascading keyboard loop which is majestically serene while carrying an ever-present promise of combustibility. This is when Sato's first declarations are audible, "At dusk we drove, calling the wind and calling you, we ran from one end of Tokyo to the other, halfway dreaming." The track shimmers during its climax as Honzi's violin and accordion join the fray with exuberant grace. The track seamlessly drifts into Long Season (Part 2) as the keyboard loop is adorned with percussive twinkles and Sato's own protuberant guitar solo. As Kin-ichi Motegi's drums cushion the final moments of Long Season (Part 2), (Part 3) introduces itself with a decidedly ambient complexion. Commencing with a damp, distant quality, (Part 3) is notably restrained when compared to the previous two movements. The track blossoms with Motegi's second drum flourish, a solo that lasts the length of the track serving as a distinct bridge between both boundaries of the record. (Part 4) comes into view with relaxed, remote guitar strikes. Whistling is interwoven throughout the DNA of (Part 4) betwixt a duplicated vocal melody and a swirling, ominous backing whirl. (Part 5) is a different shade of (Part 1), reintroducing the hypnotic keyboard riff with heightened immediacy and scope. The track builds to Sato's own haunting falsetto, broadcasting a billowing a sense of catharsis and rebirth amidst the sonic revisitation. (Part 5) is as majestic as the LP gets and is among the most gorgeous movements in recent memory.

Long Season (Part 5) sounds suspiciously like a swan song in many distinct manners. It recounts the past and treats a movement only 25 minutes removed to be one of complete nostalgia. Sato's own vocals at the finale are so undeniably vulnerable that one would be inclined to think of it more in terms of a finale for him rather than the LP, like a final championing of life and its wonders. The backing vocals stand to up the ante as intrinsic collateral for such a moment. Eerily enough, this movement would be the final piece of music Sato would play live. Long Season in its entirety would be played in Fishmans' final performance which was featured on the beloved live album, 98.12.28 Otokotachi no Wakare. Sato died suddenly of a heart attack three months after the band's final gig. These days, the outfit has reached an entirely new audience far from their native Japan. Long Season has been instrumental in moving the needle and has been retrospectively lauded as a masterpiece, one that graces the ears of new listeners each and every day. It's a testament to the band and the music they were producing. The record outdistanced its own release and becomes more inviting with age. Aligned with the recurring nature of its content like a persistent dream, Long Season is a crisp Spring day that will never end and more importantly, will never wither at the hand of a cruel Winter.

"What is the song are you humming,
What things can you remember,
We are half in a dream."

-Long Season (Part 1)

Standout Tracks:

1. Long Season (Part 5)
2. Long Season (Part 1)
3. Long Season (Part 4)

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From 03/23/2020 19:07
Best Study album (in my opinion).
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From 01/29/2020 04:38
great album with a colorful and diverse array of sounds. A definite must listen.
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From 12/15/2019 12:20
A flawless masterpiece of progressive pop, dream pop, and neo-psychedelia. Fishmans released two beautiful albums in 1996, but the drastic stylistic change from Kuchu Camp to Long Season is mind-blowing. The album is basically one long continuous song but can be split into 5 distinct parts or movements. Part 3 is the most experimental featuring an extended drum solo, and various watery sounds mixed with windchimes.

I'd like to point out that contrary to joyofdivision's comment this album was actually released just under a month BEFORE DJ Shadow's Endtroducing..... and their comment about it being an homage to Building Steam With a Grain of Salt has no basis. This is a completely original piece of music and I doubt it was at all influenced by DJ Shadow.

Long Season - Fishmans (Released 25/10/1996)
Entroducing..... - DJ Shadow (Released 19/11/1996)
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