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"Collected Visits" CD
"Butterfly Case" CD
"when you arrive there" CD
"Reverberate Slowly" CD
"Sweet Mellow Cat" CD
Twigs & Yarn
"The Language Of Flowers"LP
Twigs & Yarn
"The Language Of Flowers"CD
"Girl You Know That I Am Heere But The Dream"
t-shirt (size L)
"Our Small Ideas"
you in the setting sun" CD
Thorn Remixes" CD
the Lines" CD
"Sleepy Insect Music" CD
"Love Loops" CD
Love For You Is
A Cheap Pop Song" CD
Rocket Telepathy" CD
One Two Bird and
The Half Horse" CD
Toned Radio" CD
Horse and Camel Stories"
out of print
you’ve been up all night. your ready to crash. but it’s not time yet. the best part of the day is coming up. time to sit by the window, or outside on the closest hillside. the sun breaks over the horizon, and your ready for another day. “sonorapid” by tokyo’s “aus” is the soundtrack to this moment. shimmering electronics, soft vocals, and the sunrise. intricate drum programming, subsonic frequencies, and female vocals are the plan. the sound of urban bedroom pop.
"Tone" (order for
overseas customer only)
Night Crusing is kyoto based events for good showcase of electronic musi. they always supporting our label and did the event for Cuushe, Radiosonde, aus, The Boats etc...this compilation is first compilation of them, including exclusive tracks by related artists: Marihiko Hara + Sylvain Chauveau, Midori Hirano,polarM, Intext, SJQ, Sheeprint and stunning remixes from Ametsub and Moshimoss.
Park Avenue Music
"For Your Home or Office"
"for your home or office” has a great balance of dense electronic sound and gentle, spacious melody. Park Avenue Music create a beautiful atmosphere on their original tracks, and they really begin to bloom after repeated listens. The second half is taken in as smoothly as the first? The remixes are just as solid, and fit into the context of the record so well." - Baths (anticon.)
including remix from
Geskia!, aus , Ametsub and more!
RIYL: Psapp, Caroline,
Zegunder, Taken By Trees
n 1994, Mina, aka Minakumari, debuted as a guitarist who was responsible for most of the lyrics and songs of the girls' band Catch-up, which released three historic albums. She graduated from the Indian Languages department of the Asia-Africa Linguistic Institute of Tokyo. She started to learn the sitar in 2003 under the distinctive sitar player Moniral Nag in Calcutta, India, while studying psychology at christ college in Bangalore, India. Then in 2005, she graduated from the Calcutta Tea School, India. Since returning to her hometown, Tokyo, she has played active roles in Cold Sugar, to which Japanese pop icons Chara and Akino Arai belong, in addition to Chara's solo live performances and Arai's studio recordings.On April 16, 2008, she successfully released her first solo album “Rasa” and then gave consecutive performances in France, playing at four Paris venues in April 2009. Then in June of the same year, she played sitar in a recording of a new album by Rip Slym, a commercially successful Japanese pop quintet.
RIYL: Caroline, Cokiyu, Piana, Mum, Lullatone, Juana Molina
"Tasogare To Piano"
Rimacona consists of two members: Natsuko Yanagimoto (vocalist and photographer) and Marihiko Hara (pianist and composer). They are based in Kyoto where Marihiko, in particular, produces music for theatre performances and people involved in the field, such as visual artists and traditional Japanese instrumentalists. "Tasogare to Piano" (Piano in the Dusk) is Rimacona's first full debut album. Their music is dynamic yet sensitive, with a strong emphasis on progressive song development and the sounds of piano. Furthermore, their arrangements offer a unique atmosphere, and blend vocals with natural sounds, as well as electronics captured via the use of a tape recorder. Rimacona's music goes beyond the boundaries of electronica, pop, jazz and so on.
RIYL: Matryoshka, Tujiko Noriko, Ryuichi Sakamoto
"All Is Silence"
overseas customer only)
nothings66 long-awaited new release is, from Tokyo Japan, Ametsub .
Under activity across such borders, this album for the first time in three years is packed focusing
on the musical piece played in his live, and an overpoweringly attractive stretch of his land exists compared with past work. A succession of feeling of floating drifting melodies that seems to remind an endless trip is finished in the strong sound-scape like a drawn spectacular nature, the solemn horizon, the silence of the evening, fluttering reminiscence in the old tape, magnificence red landscape like an album artwork. We can feel a gloom warmth in sense of isolation.
He passes various music-style creatively, this album has a many melancholy melodies that are changed faintly by old tape-recorder. All 12 tracks that an infinite view of the world of Ametsub which evolved steadily was expressed in to the next field without being stopped on one place.
RIYL: Boards Of Canada, Tycho, Geskia!, The Sight Below
(ao to ao,2012)
Rima Kato started ‘Strrows’ in 1996. Strrows was lo-fi girls folk duo like a The Softies, Melody Dog, Marine Girls, Chamellows, Dear Nora, DQE, etc. They released some CDs from Midi-Creative Records in Japan. But, Strrows broke up 2001. They soon disappeared from the music scene.
But, she had continued to compose in secret and loneliness the past ten years. Recently, Asuna got to know her. and discovered her solo music. Then Asuna released her music by Cassette Tape from his label called WFTTapes.? This “Harmless” is her first formal release by 3 inch CD album from aotoao label. She compiled some stories songs her own. Rima Kato music stands out by such a simple arrangement with sense of melancholy and transparency.
RIYL: the softies, marine girls, rose melberg, the pastels, melody dog, young marble giants
Tape Loop Orchestra
"The Word On My Lips Is Your Name"
Tape Loop Orchestra (Andrew Hargreaves aka The Boats) return with a new album. Following on from last years limited ‘Maybe I Told A Small Lie’. The new double album features a collection of tape loop experiments (“The Word On My Lips Is Your Name”) and an extended composition (“The Burnley Brass Band Plays On In My Heart”).
RIYL: william basinski, tim hecker, fennesz, the caretaker
"Casiotone Compilation 4"
(ao to ao, 2012)
all songs made by Casiotone, compiled by ASUNA. featuring artists: Alejandra & Aeron, Jim Schoenecker (aka; Pele, I Am Robot And Ploud, Antti Tolvi, .Tape., Sun Foot, Dragging An Ox Through Water, Noun, OPQ, Fumu Fumu, SJQ, The Medium Necks, Colorlist, Dan Sasaki, Sheeprint, Plasma TV, Gofish, Inukai II, Advance Base, Teasi, Shibata & Asuna
Offthesky vs Kinder Scout
"The Curio Collection"
(home normal, 2012)
"The Curio Collection’ comprises the tag team effort of the up-and-coming super-trio ‘Kinder Scout’(Ian Hawgood, Danny Norbury, and Jason Corder) along with the compositional magic of ambient maven ‘offthesky’(Jason Corder).? Curious to note is that Mr. Corder is connected to both groups.? Therefore one must query: is this a hidden bite at humor or did the producer perhaps stumble upon an oddity locked away in an ancient curio that grants the art of cloning?
Upon further investigation of this hauntingly reverent and rhythmic record, quickly revealed are the trappings of offthesky’s signature spells: vibraphone, rolling guitar, soft bells, lilting voicals, and the ever evolving landscape.? According to the accounts of Mr. Corder, much of the color, inspiration and foundation for the songs therein stemmed from afar out of ian hawgood’s personal closet of field recordings, live takes, and processed experiments.? Danny Norbury’s timeless cello paints several pieces to add a majestic and modern-classic effect. ? Last but not least Sarah Chung(of Pillow Garden) and Sara Martin’s soft singing cameo about, which adds an anti-ephemeral hue sprinkled atop the ever present time-stained aesthetic.? Each delicate track has the ability to leave the listener with a sense that they’ve just steeped in the light of an occultish cabinet glowing full of arcane mysteries.
RIYL: Danny Norbury, Jason Corder, Ian Hawgood, Dakota Suite, Greg Haines, Nils Frahm
"Ten Years On The Blanket
Preco Records’s 10th anniversary compilation CD. Incl. exlcusive traks by aus, cokiyu, miaou, ent etc.
"The Foot Remixes"
here are 5 wonderful remixes for Japanese soft post rock band Autumnleaf's masterpiece "The Foot". the remixes from Cokiyu, Miyauchi Yuri, I Am Robot And Proud, Lem and Sheeprint.
RIYL: owen, death cab for cutie, the sea and cake
Tsumugine is a music performance group from Japan which
is active since 2008, initiated by Yasuno Miyauchi.
Instead of reproducing a timeline which was created
in advance, every member becomes a particle of the sound.
The particles follow a simple rule, and everyone creates
a sound while moving, colliding, changing, and fusing.
The performance evolves spinning these spatial sounds
together. Tsumugine aims for a music performance which
is not only producing sounds, but extends to physical
and visual expression.
This is their first recording, recorded at a tunnel
in a forest. The improvisations is performed within
really unique acoustic effect. each performer freely
creates sounds by pianica and her voice. they also move
ceaselessly about in the field. There is so many layers
of beautiful voices like Meredith Monk, Russudan Meipariani
with unique echo by the tunnel and the screaming cicadas.
We also can listen to curious moire between pianica
in the simple method.
RIYL: meredith monk, julianna barwick, andrew chalk,
maja ratkje, john hudak
Canberra based duo Spartak return with their third album
Nippon on the New Weird Australia. This new release
sees the duo expand on the loose improvisations of their
previous work by taking in a more brittle electronic
edge, alongside a reclaimed punk attitude, with recordings
edited from performances in Kyoto, Tokyo and Osaka on
their recent japan tour presented by flau. These shows
revisited the original mode of Spartak music ? pre-composed
key phrases forming the core basis of the performance
each night. This common thread lends itself nicely to
the various pieces, tieing them together as a suite,
while varying in nature
.RIYL: triosk, radian, the necks, supersiient, tarentel
naph + Chihei Hatakeyama
This is the first collaborative work of naph, who plays
delicate and gentle stream of time in acoustic sound,
and Chihei Hatakeyama, who keeps releasing Ambient/Drone
with repeatedly processed sound images that could be
heard far off beyond the horizon. It is full of graceful
sounds that are thoughtfully created to be more natural,
deeper, and tenderer. Drone which expresses the time
and space by continuous or discontinuous changes, naturfull
ambient by the use of field recording, and the pile-up
of pellucid guitar sounds travel to bring serenity to
the listeners through the air.
RIYL: taylor deupree, lawrence english, celer, sawako,ioscil,
Material or formless? Concepts or changes?
The concept of time and how we grasp what "time"
means varies by person while it controls our behaviors.
The favorite time, the relaxed time, the anxious time,
the change by time, and the memories and the forgetfulness.
what if it's put in sounds? All 10 tunes written by
10 japanese musicians, who had kept thinking over the
“time”, create a current of lenient time, piling up
feat. el fog, tatsuhiko asano(geist), mujika easel aka
eishi, naph, tadahiko yokokawa and more
Morning October is the live recording of Aoki, Hayato
(Radiosonde). He played chroma-harp and melodion for
morning at Haco (hayama/japan) from 6am .Reconstructed
and Pseudo-Stereo created by TSUDA,takashi (radiosonde)
at PNdB atelier and mastered by SHOJI,hiromits. one
of the most beautiful record for early morning.
RIYL: mountains, tape, richard skelton,
Morning July is also the live recording of Aoki, Hayato
(Radiosonde) on same time of "Morning October".
this records is recorded mainly guitar. Aoki played
the guitar with slow stroke, the melody is quiet calm
and beautiful. the jacket made by Aoki, Hayato. Metal
Works by Yuki Sakano.
RIYL: pullman, jim o'rourke, f.s.blumm, preston reed,
The Declining Winter
World Cup Theme"
"This is a beauty. When Richard (Adams) told us,
at the beginning of this year, that he had written a
song for the forthcoming World Cup we were a little
sceptical to say the least. Now the months have passed
by and the World Cup is almost upon us and we had forgotten
all about this song, when just last week Richard sent
us the finished version. We couldn't believe our ears,
All the ingredients are there; great lyrics, a stirring
string section, punchy drums, trademark Adams bassline,
emotional commentary and a rousing, singalong chorus.
It's a rollicking great tune!
Bringing to mind New Order's classic 'World in Motion'
married with the melancholic pop of mid-period Go-Betweens.
It's the perfect soundtrack for drowning your sorrows
after that quarterfinal exit on penalties." - home
RIYL: Hood, Go-Betweens, New Order
This is debut album of Radiosonde (Aoki, Hayato &
Tsuda, Takashi) and also new masterpiece of 'picturesque
music' from an observation balloon, with guitar (pastoral
melody, pointillism, atmospheric drone), chroma harp
and some electronicsincluding the song of birds (Varied
Tit, Brown-eared Bulbul), crickets, cicadas in Mashiko,
2nd full album from Mujika Easel (aka Eisi) with Kanazu
RIYL: Orla Wren, Eisi, Kanazu Tomoyuki
"dear Air" is a creative label hosted
by Mujika Easel in Japan. In 2010 traumerei and Haruka
Nakamura are received as producers, and sincere creation
activities are done to the essence of “composition”
with musicians and photographers, and artists, etc.
This work “pneuma” is the first compilation album of
dear Air, which is an anthology woven to 12 songs from
concern with the scenery, temperature, shape, moment,
touch, existence, and the aspect, etc. While each of
the elements is glowing individually, the autonomous
folklore is transmitted as a certain story. Although
the form of the album is compiled from various artists’
work, songs draw close, intertwine each other and take
listeners to another world, as if the production of
a single artist does. feat.El Fog, Kanazu Tomoyuki, Mujika
Easel, Haruka Nakamura, Yamori Kota and more.
12 songs, most of them were newly composed,
recorded about 60 minutes long in total. Special package,
12 artworks each artist contributed in.
(not on label,2010)
Recommended is this fresh enterprize from the French
group Odland. "Odland is interweaving highly alluring
chamber music with the spirit of British bonbon artpop
babes Lollipop Train, amalgamating ragtime splinters,
animals’ voices and innocent whispers into something
half chaste, half supersexy, playful and beguiling all
the way." -Filles sourires-
Happenstance is new project from Karl Eden and Chris
Stewart (Need More Sources). 3inch CD,6tracks!
Andrea Ferraris &
We're All In Slow Motion"
Matteo Uggeri and Andrea Ferraris met after having shared
a series of collaborations with noise-ambient icons
like Maurizio Bianchi/MB and Andrea Marutti/Amon. "Autumn
is coming, we´re all in slow motion", is the result
of their mutual interest in searching for the most balanced
blend of experimental music and melody. The work has
been recorded and assembled trying to recreate a sort
of "ordinary-life" environment and to give
this aural-diary the shape of a soundtrack. During this
process, an incredible array of field-recordings and
instruments were used with the main premise of creating
an experimental yet melancholic record. This collaborative
effort brought together the magic touch of Japanese
musician Mujika Easel (Eisi, Mono, Taylor Deupree),
that here is featured on piano and vocals, with Andrea
Serrapiglio (Carla Bozulich´s Evangelista, Barbara De
Dominicis...) who, beside playing cello, took care of
the mastering. The field-recordings were taken from
all around Italy and central Europe, while the rest
of the music was recorded in Milan, Alessandria and
RIYL; Orla Wren, Origamibiro, Islaja
Lost Tribe Sound isn't a sound as much as a shared emotional
connection to music. Maybe it's something in the ether,
a moment in time that unites this gorgeous selection
of organic, gentle and at times exploratory music that
transcends genre, technique, or even location. Melding
well-established artists with precocious newcomers from
as far afield as Australia, Turkey and even the Philippines,
Lost Tribe Sound: One showcases the incredible cello
of Aaron Martin, the nocturnal devotions of Part Timer,
and the raw acoustics of Benoit Pioulard amongst its
70 odd minutes of musical imagination that demonstrates
the limitless possibilities of music. Brimming with
rarities and tasters of forthcoming releases, Lost Tribe
Sound: One isn't merely a selection of some of the most
vital, idiosyncratic and heartfelt music around, but
also a statement of intent. Brimming with earthy, woody
music that creaks and rumbles, these sounds conjure
up those inexplicably elusive yet intensely powerful
emotions and will envelop you like a forest floor coming
feat.Helios, The Remote Viewer, Benoit Pioulard, Gavouna,
Aaron Martin, Tokyo Bloodworm, Brael
(lost tribe sound, 2010)
Songwriter and film composer William Ryan Fritch has
added his unwavering multi-instrumental talent to a
great many projects, including Sole and the Skyrider
Band. Now, Fritch’s debut under his moniker, Vieo Abiungo,
exists in a strange netherworld where modern classical,
tribal, the experimental and film music intersect. It’s
a kind of fourth world music, too complex and playful
to be film music, yet too experimental, distorted and
distended to be classical. It possesses a unique undercurrent
that seems to stem from the percussion which initially
seems to be working counter to the sweeping melodies.
However like barnacles it then begins to sweep up other
instrumentation which attach themselves to its wake.
It can be a light footed and cheeky, sprawl out into
a bawdy beautiful drunken mess of sound, whilst at other
times feel tight, light and contained. This is really
something quite different and spacial.
RIYL: Own Pallet, Phelan Sheppard, The Alps
Novisad early masterpiece from tomlab available now.
Kristian Peters was born in 1980 and lives in Rostock,
Germany. He has been producing electronic music since
the winter of 1993/94, also releasing the splendid Adlib
album for Kraak . The first Novisad CD from January
1999 was a wonderful early Tomlab, and a big favourite
Novisad was produced with his good old 386 computer
that only had a soundblaster 1.0 card built in and CD
tracks the WinDAT program, a simple cut & paste
program together with CoolEdit 1.5. This may sound simple.
Packaged to a cardboard sleeve, is a difficult to found
RIYL: Marsen Jules, Colleen, Dale Berning
A soundtrack by Jorgensen for a documentary film titled
Kim, about a Danish World War II resistance fighter.
String contributions come courtesy of fellow soundtracker,
Peter Broderick, who also lines up on the bonus remix
disc with other big names like Greg Davis, Jasper TX,
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Seasons (Pre-Din), Rameses III
and Machinefabriek. Jorgensen's hour long score for
the film is an impressive feat, pooling together a wide
selection of compositions that takes in neo-classical
styled piano and string pieces as well as more abstract
concrete and drone works. On the one hand, 'Hanne &
Kim', 'Til Canada' and 'Palimpsest (For Strings)' rub
shoulders with the lyrical, Max Richter school of film
scoring, but then Jorgensen goes and upsets all expectations
by unleashing an incredible electronic soundscape like
'Isvinter'. The likes of 'Love (Radiomontage)' and 'Astoria'
prove to be especially outstanding as ambient drone-style
entries, and the frozen-over 'Luxembourg' would be worthy
of Stephan Mathieu. As a single-disc album, this would
be a mightily strong release, but the remix disc makes
it all the more essential. Kranky's Chris Herbert puts
in an outstanding entry with his panoramically detailed
twelve-minuter, 'Fissures', while Peter Broderick extends
and develops 'Palimpsest (For Strings)' adding wordless
vocals to the equation. Combining elements of two different
pieces, Jasper TX fashions an epic electroacoustic monolith
with 'Modstand/Til Canada', while the customarily brilliant
Greg Davis extends piano keyings off toward the horizon
with the infinitesimally modulating drone opus 'Light
Breath'. An excellent double-album that's certainly
among the very best Under The Spire releases to date.
RIYL: Peter Broderick, Max Richter, Type Records
This release on under the spire is an album from John
McCaffrey (Part Timer) under the new guise of Upward
Arrows. Here are a few words from John.
“The tracks on Upward Arrows were made especially for
Under The Spire ? the name Upward Arrows is an allusion
to the thousands of church spires that pepper the world,
all pointing upwards like arrows aimed at the sky.
Instead of giving Chris an album of ‘Part Timer’ material,
I wanted to do something different; something that fit
with my understanding of the UTS sound and which was
still linked to my music as Part Timer. Looking through
the files on my hard drive, I found lots of sounds from
collaborative pieces I had done recently and many partially
completed tunes. I started to combine snatches of these
sounds with field recordings, recorded some new parts
and assembled 10 tracks that felt right together."
RIYL: Elvium, Fennesz, Greg Davis
Sketches for Albinos
"Days of Being Wild And Kind"
Sketches for Albinos is Matthew Collings's solo project
from Iceland Reykjavik.
A sworn friend, Ben Frost's tour support. An additional
production for the Amusement Parks on Fire. C.J.Boyd(Sounds
are Active), Federico Durand(Spekk), Fieldhead(Home
Assembly), Reykjavik!(Kimi Records)... he makes a lot
of the remixes and he plans to release new stuff as
Matthew Collings name from Bedroom Community this year.
He performs many shows in UK tour with Multiple Electric
Guitars and local Reykjavik positively and plays with
Nico Muhly, Ben Frost, Tim Hecker, Kangding Ray(raster-noton)
in Iceland Airwaves2009.
Camped out somewhere in deepest, iciest Iceland Sketches
for Albinos makes music from the ends of the earth.
He who was swallowed in nihility scratched at tape as
if he totally filled his mind, and all began from what
record it. Making the tape, the music of Sketches for
Albinos born from the process that he records an indistinct
thing of this world moves your feelings as a sort of
photograph album and a sketchbook by what you listen
to. Fleeting moments... Leftover breeze at the end of
With a cold tone, there are overwhelmingly warmth and beauty will give a wavering to anyone's emotion. The quiet and calm, and strongly even echoed coldest sound !
RIYL: Sigur Ros, Kyte
Chris Weisman &
Northern Songs is the blissful sound of Chris Weisman
leaving his body and dissolving into the universe; he
sounds very free. Greg Davis (electronic music composer,
fractal maker) helps the usually obsessive Chris (psychedelic
four-tracker, music artist) surrender to the void. The
falling away of self is quite literal: Chris recorded
a batch of songs, then turned the tapes over to Greg
without instructions for completion (there’s a special
luxurious bath you get to take when you stop deciding).
Rather than perfecting the material, Greg’s treatments
make it radically and beautifully incomplete; the pop
song is unmastered, its closed forms opened to nature
(this music has no inside and no outside (this guitar
solo sounds friendly and tall (these computer sounds
are showing me the thing in the tree that makes it alive
RIYL: Beach Boys, Beatles, Tape
Tobias Hellkvist is a multi-instrumentalist from Sweden.
To date he has released two full-length albums, Evolutions
being his third.
Whilst much of Tobias work has previously revolved around
acoustic guitar elements, Evolutions takes us into denser
minimalist textures. That isn’t to say the acoustic
elements are absent from Tobias’s latest work, as the
subtle use of guitar, zither, accordian and glockenspiel
processing throughout the whole album shows. It’s simply
that the acoustic elements in Evolutions are more subtly
woven into the fabric of the beautiful dirge-like textures.
RIYL: Ethan Rose, Hammock, 12K
Michael Santos is a London-based artist who has previously
released on U-Cover, Benbecula an Baskaru.
One of the first things to strike you about Memory maker
is the unusually physical presence it has: it's a great
way of announcing yourself. From here onwards you might
notice a counterpoint between the album's all-round
mellifluousness and the recurrence of a kind of intensive,
buzzing belligerence that recalls the aesthetics of
certainRaster Noton records, or the more stringent moments
in Steinbruchel's catalogue.
RIYL: U-Cover, Machinefabriek, 12K
(home normal, 2010)
The album is obviously an offthesky aka Jason Corder
(color cassette) record, with its minute attention
to detail and its beautiful, often creeping, sometimes
sporadic, bursts of melody. Essentially Jason’s plan
was to make an album of heavily processed vibraphone
pieces, yet it became so much more featuring clever
use of warbly guitar tones and textures throughout.
RIYL: Ben Frost, Tape, Fennesz, Mitchell Akiyama
Films In Low Light"
(home normal, 2010)
‘Slow Films In Low Light’ is a collection of remixes
and re-workings by friends and artists from now deleted
album ‘Soundtrack To A Film In My Head Which Will
Never Get Made’ by Ian Hawgood.featuring remix from
The Remote Viewer, Geskia!, Ten and Tracer, Pan Am
Scan, ederico Durand, Danny Norbury, Hannu, Yuri Miyauchi,
Miko, The Green Kingdom, Library Tapes, Chihei Hatakeyama
and He Can Jog feat.Nick Sanborn.
the first compilation of our friend' label Nothings66,
It features a bunch of tracks by folks who are well
liked around these parts. Namely The Gentlemen Losers,
Helios, Dub Tractor, Yagya, Fieldhead, L'usine, September
Collective, Ezekiel Honig, Stafraenn Hakon, Goldmind
The Sight Below and loads more!
"Yep it's another comp with a stellar line up
but we know you like 'em so much we always get 'em
in for ya! The styles here vary a lot...It's a thoroughly
entertaining listen from start to end and I'd recommend
this to all fans of the drifty, the experimental and
the electronic." - norman records
(home normal, 2010)
Chihei Hatakeyama is the Tokyo microsound composer
delivered exceptional albums for Room40 and Under
The Spire, now he's on the verge of releasing another
pairing of long-players over the next couple of months.
The first of these comes via the dependably excellent
Home Normal imprint, and bases itself upon field recordings
made on a trip to San Francisco in 2006. Appropriately,
the record is titled A Long Journey, and takes on
the feel of a dreamlike sequence of scenes from different
locations. There are eleven excellent compositions
RIYL: Taylor Deupree, Elvium, Fennesz
This is the much anticipated remix album of aus' most
successful album "Lang". The project of
"Lang Remixed" was not possible if without
the participation of many excellent artists around
the globe! "Lang" album, which exhibits
IDM/pop electronica at its finest forms, was re-thought,
re-invented and remixed into various stunning music
styles, including ambient, experimental, electro-acoustic,
breakbeats, shoegaze and etc. This is a truely joyful
album for a wide range of electronic music fans out
there! Remixers that sprinkle their magic dust onto
this fabulous album are Sons of Magdalene (a.k.a.
Joshua Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv), Ulrich Schnauss,
Kettel, Manual, Dosh, Epic45, ISAN, State River Widening,
Bracken and The Remote Viewer.
Mountain Ocean Sun
(home normal, 2009)
Mountain Ocean Sun’s search for deep peace, heavy
drones, and sound healing has found them jamming with
Deerhoof in Detroit, starting an organic music society
in the extreme tropical heat of the Matthaei Botancial
Garden on new years day, and all the way back to their
first performance at a 500 year-old buddhist temple
in Osaka, Japan. Bowed strings, harmonium, indian
shruti boxes, gongs, ghosts, sea shells and bells
are the spirit tools that these elemental earth’s
children bring to this sixty-four minute peace conference.
“Recorded on a mountain, in the woods, near a river,
a lake, and the city, the summer air was heavy and
we sweated a lot. When it was over I was blind. I
was pummeled by the minimalixm”
RIYL:His Name Of Alive, Ida, Tarentel
(home normal, 2009)
It’s hard to describe an album of moods, emotions
and distant memories, but to me that’s what I find
myself doing with Katie English’s music. Katie under
her Isnaj Dui guise uses conventional and her own
home made instrumentation to add loops and layers,
until the track is ready to take on its own shape
This music triggers for me a different experience
with every listen. Maybe it will be the sound of a
lonely alien crying on a tranquil moon, a field of
singing flowers staring at the sun, or just my past
dreams sailing away on an endless ocean.
RIYL:Deaf Center, Pjusk, Oren Ambarchi
(symbolic interaction, 2009)
Inhabiting the poppier end of the electronica spectrum,
Nine Stories is the brainchild of All Apologies, a
neo-pop unit formed in 2007 by flau artist Geskia!
& (Forka). The group's debut album features nine
songs heavy on whispered vocals and a stylistic fusion
of shoegaze, electropop, and hip-hop.
RIYL:Radiohead, Milosh, Port-Royal, Hood
(home normal, 2009)
This is 1st release of new label Home Normal and the
reissue of The masterpiece of Library Tapes with Danny
Revolusion & Nine Remix"
(liquid note, 2009)
The remix album of Japanese electronic artist No.9's
latest "Usual Revolution and Nine", feat.remixes
from Kettel, aus, I Am Robot and Proud, Ametsub, Akira
Kosemura and more.
This Nest, We Found Our Winged Tales"
Voices, melodies, and trailing reverbs of tender sounds,
gliding through the echo-spheres of your heart, like
light birds of sublime feathers flocking to strange
yet familiar distant lands beyond reality; once again,
mu-nest brings forth a collection of quiet simple
wonderment, the remix compilation, in this nest, we
found our winged tales.
featuring artists are aspidistrafly x haruka nakamura,
hearts+horses x aus, flica xfjordne, dom mino’ x federico
durand and me:mo x akira kosemura.
Thus is the magic of folktronica duo rist’s debut
album weekend, which was amazingly conceived when
they were on a week-long vacation, recording one track
Like the relaxing tranquility of a well-deserved holiday,
weekend showcases 10 tracks of ethereally entrancing
music that presents the beautiful compositional capabilities
of rist, merging heart-warming musical prowess with
a delicate, captivating sensibility. featuring remix
from Greg Davis, .tape., Taunus.
RIYL: The Books, Akira Kosemura, State River Widening
(pickled egg, 2006)
this is the debut album of NOW. "My soul, my
ears and my dancing shoes thank Now, who haven’t so
much as made an album as created an antidote for musical
apathy...it is a journey colourful, perplexing and
astounding enough to warrant many return trips. Inspired
and inspiring" - drowned in sound
"Did you ever wish Stereolab would just stop
with the wussy leopard-skin lounge exotica and get
thoroughly stuck into the krauty riffage? If so, you
probably have to hear Frisbee Hot Pot." - plan
Squares On Both Sides
On indication, his third album to date, Buerkner’s
singing forms clear superior structures that are fragmented
by subtle electronics and field recordings from a
temple market in Kyoto. Closeness and reduction, contrasted
with playful elements remain the focus of indication,
which features guest appearances by Yasuhiko Fukuzono
(aka aus) of co-owner of flau. RIYL: Bonnie ‘Prince’
Billy, Nathan Michel, Gastr Del Sol, Mark Hollis,
Squares On Both Sides
EP" (vinyl, 12")
"A meeting point between the lo-fi strums of
Tommy Guerero, Vincent Gallo’s echoes of lost Americana,
Dave Pajo’s more recent work as Papa M and the increasingly
sought after sound of the Weilheim scene that plays
host not only to the Notwist, but also to all of its
many offshoot bands like Lali Puna, Tied & Tickled
Trio and Console." - boomkat
Squares On Both Sides
"Minimal and melancholic music not only for the
hours after the very last after hour or for the radio-alarm
clock on Sunday" - de:bug
"ray of light through a grey and clouded sky"
musikexpress (five out of five)
"The second album 'Dunaj' from will appeal equally
to fans of Mogwai as it does American Analogue Set
and Elliot Smith. uerkner has made an album of shimmering
delights that can be enjoyed up close or from afar."