Komachi

by Meitei

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    This will likely be the final pressing of this edition and will be 180g heavyweight vinyl.

    Special '2020 Edition' featuring brand new sleeve design, beautiful cream vinyl and a 12 page booklet with words in Japanese & English from Meitei.

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  • '2020 Edition' with 12-page booklet, cream vinyl with subtle black marble effect.
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Special limited edition repress (200 copies available) with subtle marbling effect. All copies come with the new sleeve design and the beautiful 12-page booklet with words in Japanese & English from Meitei.

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Seto 01:53
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Ike 03:28
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Nami 03:56
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Chouchin 04:24
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Maboroshi 03:13
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Sento [Pt.I] 04:59
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Myo 01:45
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Shinkai 02:00
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Utano 04:15

about

“Things fade into obscurity when a populace has no interest” - Meitei / 冥丁

Meitei considers himself an old soul, often preoccupied with the customs and rituals of the past. Recently Meitei lost his beloved 99-year-old grandmother, a woman who he considered to be one of the last remaining people to have experience and understanding of traditional Japanese ambience. His music and art is driven by a desire to cast light on an era and aesthetic that he believes is drifting out of the collective Japanese consciousness with each passing generation, what he calls "the lost Japanese mood". He chose to dedicate Komachi to his late Grandmother.

“I want to revive the soul of Japan that still sleeps in the darkness” - Meitei / 冥丁

Haunting and delicate, distant and timeless, Komachi is awash with white noise, complex field recordings and the hypnotic sounds of flowing water. Though confidently contemporary, like a bucolic J-Dilla, Komachi’s lineage can be traced back to the floating worlds of Ukiyo-e and Gagaku via the prism of 80s Japanese ambient pioneers, and 90s pastoral sample-based artists such as Susumu Yokota and Nobukazu Takemura.

Composed as individual sonic dioramas, each of the twelve tracks have been crafted to not only evoke feelings of nostalgia but to also explore the dichotomy of ancient and new in modern Japanese society. This pervasive narrative runs throughout, calling to mind the work of authors Yasunari Kawabata and Natsume Soseki, as well as the films of Yasujirō Ozu and Hayao Miyazaki, artists similarly fascinated by the reflective tranquillity that permeated traditional Japanese domestic life.

The limited vinyl release, produced in collaboration with label and distributor Séance Centre, includes a super limited special edition complete with beautiful twelve-page booklet featuring a number of prints in the Ukiyo-e style, a traditional style of woodblock print that dates back to 17th century Japan. The images were chosen by Meitei to showcase the old style Japanese sentiments that form a core inspiration to his musical output.

credits

released March 15, 2019

All songs written and recorded by Meitei.
Mastering by Brandon Hocura.
Production and Distribution by Séance Centre.
Art direction by Jack Hardwicke, Meitei & Métron.
'Woman Admiring Plum Blossoms at Night'
Cover Artwork by Suzuki Harunobu.
Booklet translations by Craig Hatch

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