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    Various – Water Mountain (2 x CD)

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    Sprawling hand-numbered edition of 250 copies double CD set from this international super-group… Gatefold, die-cut outer cover / hand screen printed on 300 gsm cardstock… On a personal note, I remember vividly when Hitoshi Kojo told me with excitement about a transhumance through UK with the specific purpose in mind of doing sessions with some of the great drone masters over there, namely : Colin Potter, Jonathan Coleclough and Paul Bradley… Retrospectively, I think I was as stirred as him. The resulting collected material has been shelved for years (7 actually !), and I began to fear this estimable musical heritage could get lost…this was not taking into account Hitoshi Kojo’s sense of perseverance. It is now available in a splendid handcrafted ltd edition sleeve with cut-out made by patient graphic virtuoso designer Hitoshi Kojo himself – even before any listening, already a beautiful physical object to behold. Most probably there have been a considerable volume of editing ahead, and an intense compositional shaping process searching for paths within the vertiginous sonic matter before reaching this radiating amalgam. Rather than splitting the work in as many distinct collabs, the choice has been to mould it in a six long parts confluential movement distributed on 2 CDs
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    Juppala Kaapio – Alpen Ocean

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    This release is a limited edition of 250 copies… Alpen Ocean is the final recording of Carole Kojo (Swiss) and Hitoshi Kojo (Japanese) that they left behind as Juppala Kaapio, whilst resident in Switzerland. The sound sources are rather familiar instruments and materials for us such as voices, handmade instruments, viola, organic materials and field recordings. However, the style has evolved to a hybrid of our early style: an intense harmonic drone music that has appeared in RAINBOW MASK, and another phase which might be termed as a cosmopolitan ethnic music, that has been archived in later recordings such as OWLORA MUSKARIA and ANIMALIA COROLLA. The overlaid harmonies of a murmuring of trees, howling skies, roarings of the ocean and the gradual transformation that is accompanied by melodies may remind you of migratory birds travelling across the sky on a lost ancient continent, or the dream of sea animals that are in eternal slumber in a ridge of mountains. This piece would be one of a high-water mark by Jüppala Kääpiö who have looked for sound which resonates throughout time and space, whilst regarding a life-size reality that is rooted on the earth. Since the move to Belgium where is a foreign county for both of us in 2011, we are investigating a passage to our next chapter in the new environment.
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    Jüppala Kaapio – Animalia Corolla

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    Funky packaging design with this one: Includes screen printed belly bands wrapped around thick green gatefold card that has an inner card which CD rests inside… Love it! Most of us are living in an urban world, dominated by constant noise and contagious stress. Our ears are conditioned by this aggressive environment and have often lost the ability to perceive another discreet world surrounding us. It might be hidden but also swarming, vivid and incredibly musical. We are all able to prick up our ears to some birds chattering together, the wind shaking leaves, toads singing serenades or old spirits telling us their immemorial adventures… Since its creation in 2006, Jüppala Kääpiö has tried to substantiate what they were hearing and feeling from animals, plants or even minerals that they met in their living places in different countries and during travels in different continents. “Animalia Corolla” is a record of feasts of spirits gathered from the whole world. Their songs, dances and conversations about the synchronicity of their dreams have been transcribed in this album. Jüppala Kääpiö is a Swiss and a Japanese duo. They settled in Brussels in Belgium in summer 2011 after staying in Switzerland , Canada, Mongolia and Japan. The life in multicultural/lingual situations naturally gave to their music a style which might be called cosmopolitan folklore music.
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    Hitoshi Kojo – High Tide Mirror

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    Inner resonance of planets… harmonies made from the distances between planets… melodies generated by their circular dances… Our bodies can become a receiver of cosmic music when we connect our roots to certain places on earth. However the electromagnetic field on the surface of the earth is unduly interfered nowadays. So our sympathetic ability is heavily oppressed by the violent moiré. First, shall we let ourselves synchronize with the flow of the earth’s fundamental magnetic field, immerse ourselves into the tonal dance with the sun and the moon? Then each of us will spontaneously begin to oscillate a unique vibration according to our character. It is the fundamental tone that becomes part of the universal harmony, and the first step to participate in the circular dance of the celestial orbs.
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