How lucky we are to have some of these little beauties shipped in from Japan!!! Limited edition of 200 housed in paper sleeve with fabric seal…
Hakobune is the moniker for Takahiro Yorifuji based in Japan and this is his 17th full length! Side A, the title track kicks things off with some nice lush electronic drones. REALLY lush. So simple, and so great. Harmonious and organic, it doesn’t even sound THAT electronic. The harmonies shift ever so slightly, barely noticeable. I feel like an ocean is singing and the harmonies are just washing over me in waves, but gentle ones!
Side B, titled Maps, is also a drone affair but things sound a bit more – in music theory language – minor, or diminished, as opposed to the first side which had more of a major/happier vibe. Side B sounds a little more pensive. Some birds in the background. Frogs underneath the drone! Some very quiet waves crashing, or what could be wind. – Virtual Ritual
Mind Over Mirrors might not be a household name, but the brain behind the project, Jaime Fennelly, has been involved in numerous acclaimed and respected projects over the last few years. Primarily known for his work as an integral member of Peeesseye, he’s also involved with Acid Birds, Manpack Variant and Phantom Limb & Bison.
‘The Voice Rolling’ is his first solo record in five years and the first under this new moniker. First and foremost, this is a harmonium record and that’s important to remember because it doesn’t sound like any other harmonium record you’ve likely heard. Nearly all of the sounds created were made using a medium-sized Indian harmonium and then processed electronically via tape echo, harmonizer and other guitar pedals. Add in the fact that it was recorded to tape and you get a dense, warm record full of grit and emotion.
Walden Pond’s Monk is the brand new album from Portuguese musician and composer Tiago Sousa. Following the limited vinyl-only album InsÃ³nia released in 2009 on German label Humming Conch, Walden Pond’s Monk is the first album from Sousa released worldwide on both CD and LP formats.
BR worked with Adam Kriney of La Otracina and Owl Xounds on the Owl Xounds/Family Battle Snake split cassette back in May 2007, and its great to have this raging free jazz improv psyche out bunch back on Blackest Rainbow again for this awesome LP.