Top row, left to right: Keigo Oyamada, Leo Imai, Yukihiro Takahashi
Bottom row, left to right: Towa Tei, Yoshinori Sunahara, Tomohiko Gondo
Who else could put together a band like this? Not only has Yukihiro Takahashi made connections all over Japan, he’s also one of the country’s most influential musicians, having maintained a slighty-ahead-of-the-curve approach for over four decades. Metafive formed in 2014 as a tongue-in-cheek supergroup, a band full of successful technopop musicians who grew up listening to Yellow Magic Orchestra (with the exception of Leo Imai, who was born in the year of Technodelic), playing faithful renditions of songs mostly from Takahashi’s classic 79-82 period. Techno Recital was the group’s first release, a live album featuring many of Takahashi’s best songs from that period both YMO and solo, plus some more recent tunes, alongside covers of Dylan and The Beatles. Like many of Takahashi’s live albums it’s very good and well worth a listen or three, though I questioned why he would put together such an accomplished and talented group just to essentially be his backing band.