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Eiko Ishibashi
The Dream My Bones Dream

Eiko Ishibashi is a remarkable artist, somehow equally at home singing heartfelt, delicate lounge-jazz pop music and collaborating free-improv style with Darin Gray and, er, Merzbow. The Dream My Bones Dream is a songs record, though it is rich with details of instrumentation and texture. Jim O’Rourke fans should know that Eiko’s playing is all over his recent work, and he returned the favour by mixing this. On Drag City.

Eiko Ishibashi
Car and Freezer

Infectious Japanese piano driven indie-pop from Eiko Ishibashi. Car and Freezer is brimming with catchy hooks and generous harmonies. The arrangements and instrumentation exemplify Eiko's influences, spanning decades of pop, indie, folk and roots music from east and west. There are also plenty of collaborations, which brings a level of diversity to the record. Vinyl LP out on Drag City.
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Eiko Ishibashi and Darin Gray
Ichida

Eiko Ishibashi and Darin Gray are two perhaps slightly under-the-radar artists, though they move in the orbits of the likes of Jim O’Rourke, Chris Corsano and Loren Connors. Their collaboration here is a live flute, electronics, piano, and double bass improvisation, full of delightful textural and melodic touches. Ichida is released on Oren Ambarchi’s Black Truffle imprint.

Masami Akita & Eiko Ishibashi
Kouen Kyoudai 公園兄弟

New collaboration between drummer / pianist / synth-operator Eiko Ishibashi and noise / Noise / NOISE man Masami Akita, aka Merzbow. Kouen Kyoudai 公園兄弟 is an overwhelming blast, needless to say, but it’s always interesting to hear Masami next to ‘real’ acoustic instruments. Recorded and mastered by Jim O’Rourke, released by Editions Mego.

Eiko Ishibashi
Imitation of Life

That’s sugar cane! That tasted good! That’s who you are! That’s what you could! Alas, Eiko Ishibashi’s new LP Imitation Of Life actually has nothing to do with R.E.M.’s early-2000s masterpiece of the same name. Mind you, the Baroque-pop influence that runs through the record is not unlike some of the cuts on ‘Imitation Of Life’s parent-album Reveal. In general though this thing’s got more a Joanna Newson/Final Fantasy feel to it. Come on, no-one can see you cry!
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