The hotel seems to have had a special appeal for Japanese musicians in the synthpop era. On a trip down the highways and byways of this music, you will end up visiting many of them, perhaps beginning with Yokoo and Hosono's neon-lit pan-Asian Marienbad, the Malabar, then checking out for the nightlife at Tsuchiya's Hotel Atlantis, following that up with a rest at Yano's homey Elephant Hotel or Hosono and Koshi's serene Hotel Etoile. Most pleasant of all is Tetsuro Kashibuchi's seaside Hotel Lilas. The name's fragrance evokes the breezy, relaxing feeling of spending time with this record. A day's itinerary listed in the chorus of "Friends" is instantly enervating, though the 8:30 wake up call may be early for some. The brilliantly catchy "Himawara" and "The Two Mice in the Attic" could help with that. Kashibuchi hosts some superb collaborators too, including Akiko Yano, who duets, co-produces and shares piano and synth duty with Ryuichi Sakamoto, as well as fellow Moonrider Ryomei Shirai on electric guitar and Haruomi Hosono on electric bass. A late citypop classic.
A1. ひまわり / Himawari / Sunflower
A2. リラのホテル / Lila no hoteru / Hotel Lila
A4. 冬のバラ / Fuyu no bara / Rose of Winter
A5. 屋根裏の二匹のねずみ / Yane-ura no nihiki no nezumi / The Two Mice in the Attic
B1. Listen To Me, Now!
B2. 朽ちた恋 / Ochita koi / Fallen Love
B3. 恋ざんげ / Koi zange / Love Confession
B4. 憂うつな肉体 / Yu-utsu na nikutai / Melancholic Body
B5. 春の庭 / Haru no niwa / Garden of Spring