A classic example is the LCD Soundsystem song “All My Friends.” The song develops extensively, without an obvious lyrical structure. There are certainly repeated melodies, various layers coming and going, and a strong lyrical narrative, but it never deviates from that repetitive piano part.
Yet there are other winners here, too. A ton of other obscure, early Japanese minimalist albums are now being cued up in digital playlists, and opportunistic crate-diggers looking for the next big thing have turned this into a gold rush, meaning we’ll probably see a lot more gems uploaded to the internet soon. For your listening pleasure, here are some of the best I’ve found so far.