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flau CD & LPs
"Slow Waves" CD
"Los Griegos creían que las estrellas eran pequeños agujeros por donde los dioses escuchaban a los hombres" CD
"My Little Ghost" CD
"Light In August" CD
"Butterfly Case" CD
"when you arrive there" CD
"Reverberate Slowly" CD
"Sweet Mellow Cat" CD
Twigs & Yarn
"The Language Of Flowers"LP
t-shirt (size S)
"Our Small Ideas"
you in the setting sun" CD
the Lines" CD
"Sleepy Insect Music" CD
"Love Loops" CD
Love For You Is
A Cheap Pop Song" CD
Rocket Telepathy" CD
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.
Park Avenue Music
"For Your Home or Office" (CD)
"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
"Tasogare To Piano"(CD)
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
(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" (CD)
(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"(CD)
Preco Records’s 10th anniversary compilation CD. Incl. exlcusive traks by aus, cokiyu, miaou, ent etc.
"The Foot Remixes"(CD)
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
The Declining Winter
World Cup Theme" (CD)
"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
(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"(CD)
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
Tribe Sound" (CD)
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
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
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" (CD)
(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.
(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
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
This Nest, We Found Our Winged Tales"(CD)
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.
Hot Pot" (CD)
(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."