• ikebana When You Arrive There (CD, £17.75)

    label: Flau

    IKEBANA, in Japanese, is an art of flower arrangement. Unlike conventional flower arrangement, it often focuses on other areas of the plant, such as its stems and leaves, rather than its blooms, and lays emphasis toward the shape, line, form of the arrangement. IKEBANA is about minimalism, about beauty in space, and about calmness. And so does the music of Flau label's latest signing, the Japanese female duo IKEBANA. IKEBANA is made up of 2 wonderfully talented female artists, Maki (from the legendary Japanese shoegaze band Incence) and En. Their unique music is infused with a strong sense of shoegaze and ambient, but in a very much stripped-down form. Phases of minimal guitar noise floating through the space of sounds, like a wavering light in darkness, with deeply reverbed female voices drifting in to create a calm universe between a dream and the reality. Unlike the current style of psychedelic/drone music for overseas, IKEBANA's music is about minimalism, about beauty in space, and about calmness, just like the art of flower arrangement of IKEBANA itself. Mastered by Miles Whittaker (Demdike Stare). "An album of beautiful, tense, secret dream-music that sounds like nothing else, ever." ~James McNew / Yo La Tengo.

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