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Akira Kosemura
In The Dark Woods

Akira Kosemura’s new release is called In The Dark Woods, and it lives up to its name by creating a powerfully intimate atmosphere. These words are not dark in a scary sense (this isn’t an album with...view item »

Akira Kosemura
One Day

A new sleepytime CD via Schole sees Akira Kosemura improvise fluid piano pieces, procuring a warmth after Frahm and Thomas Koner albeit with a very different approach. These pieces were recorded on Kosemura's old family piano and connect to his musical excursions as...view item »

Akira Kosemura & Haruka Nakamura
Afterglow

Akira Kosemura & Haruka Nakamura: 'Afterglow' (Schole) Ten track lushness on this Japanese imprint specializing in contemporary electronica/pop and modern classical. On 'Afterglow' Kosemura and Hakamura hang their light, playful melodies and glowing soundscapes on serial piano refrains, looped vocals and cool atmospherics. Some of the titles ev...view item »

Akira Kosemura
Embers

Japanese melancholy pianist Akira Kosemura is known for his touching, introverted compositions. For the original soundtrack of the movie Embers (2014), he added a string quartet to the mix, creating a bit more of an orchestrated sound to emphasize the simple, emotional themes that characterize his work....view item »

Akira Kosemura
Niji no Kanata – seven colors variations

Some more Japanese niceness on the Schole Records label, here we have Akira Kosemura and the first single to be lifted from his new album. Featuring vocalist Lasah, it’s the usual cosy sweet Japanese dream pop. The vocals are so sweet that it could be sung by...view item »

Akira Kosemura
Trio

The master of simple, unpretentious melancholy, Akira Kosemura, rearranged some of his older work for piano, cello and violin. The compelling result was performed live, resulting in a captivating record that skips around between calm introspection, subtle modernist classical transitions and simply joyful eruptions....view item »

Akira Kosemura
Manon

Phil said “twinkly electronica” but this is much more varied than that, coming across much more like soundtrack work with gorgeous piano pieces, accordion workouts and string-laden chamber music battling for superiority. A typical example of the hugely emotive pull of this albu...view item »

Akira Kosemura
How My Heart Sings

Yes, this Japanese master of the ivories returns with an album stuffed to buggery with his particular take on sentimental flourishes, sudden lurches into delirious waltzes & more contemplative outings, like 'Gray', all delicately glazed with the sorrowful tug & drape of violin. It's an album often infused with a dreamy melancholy like th...view item »

Various (Akira Kosemura, Motohiro Nakashima etc.)
Note Of Seconds: Schole Compilation Vol 2

Schole have been knocking 'em out for a while now and they're up to their second label comp now. Yikes doesn't time fly.... Tempus fugit and all that. Yeah I did Latin... In pictura est puelle, est nomine Flavia... The spelling's all wrong but it's still in there should they invent a time machine so I can go back to Rome and speak rudimentary La...view item »

Akira Kosemura
Duo

My dinner parties are legendary. Full of the most erudite doctors, dentists and lawyers hobnobbing on my polished wooden floors as I mingle, flirt outrageously and pass round the vol au vents. Echoing around the drawing room will be the most beautiful sounds. “Clinton,” they’ll say, “my, you do have the most exquisite tas...view item »

Akira Kosemura
Polaroid Piano

Pianos. What is it at the moment with bloody pianos? Anybody would think they were the cornerstone of popular music. Who do pianos think they are? I'll Rachmaninov you ya little Satie! Grrrr! I'd like to know what makes Max Richter so cool but not Richard Clayderman or Barry Manilow. And David Gray. He plays a piano doesn't he? And he can wobble hi...view item »

Akira Kosemura
Grassland

Just to confuse matters there's two different versions of the new Akira Kosemura album. There's a regular single CD version which contains all the kinds of things you'd find in that kind of package (ie cardboard sleeve and shiny musical face mirror thing). There's also a CD/DVD version which is six quid more and features the aforementioned good...view item »