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Same Waves
Algorithm of Desire



Ensemble 0
Ensemble 0 Plays Eight Compositions and It Lasts 38:36

Can’t fault them for clarity and accuracy. Ensemble 0 Plays Eight Compositions and It Lasts 38:36 delivers on each of the promises of its title, and the individual tracks follow the same format. This contemporary group dev...view item »


Masayoshi Fujita
Stories

“Once upon a time, there were mountains, a lake, a river and a waterfall in the forest.”So begin the sleeve notes on this gorgeous twinkle fest of an album, and it tells a very pretty story indeed, a fairytale story of swans, young deer running through the forest, morning dew and memories of the wind, this is really lovely stuf...view item »
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MayMay
And So I Place You In The Setting Sun

This band MayMay are the brainchild of Laurel Simmons and Heather Broderick’s doing some cello on here and it was mastered by Nils Frahm so I think you get the idea - they’re part of “that lot”, stars with...view item »
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Emma Gatrill
Cocoon

With credits running to playing with Alessi’s Ark, Rozi Plain and Rachael Dadd, harpist and multi-instrumental Emma Gatrill often gets compared to Joanna Newsom, Björk and Joni Mitchell. Developing her sound further w...view item »
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Molnbär av John
The End

‘Experimental Easy Listening’ here from Molnbär av John, who appears to be deploying crackly cassette and vinyl samples and squeezing them into peculiar new miniatures. New album The End comes in a fairly lovely package: the CD is nestled within an arty book, plus photos and poems and illustrations, and...view item »
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Fábio Caramuru
EcoMúsica

EcoMúsica is an unusual collaboration between Brazilian pianist Fábio Caramuru and a whole forest’s worth of Brazilian wildlife. Yes that’s right, recordings of animals chirping and cheeping and buzzing are combined with Caramuru’s romantic piano melodies, with fairly cha...view item »
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Port St. Willow
Syncope

Port St. Willow make a delicate ambient-rock focused on improvisation and subtle melodic shades. For their second album Syncope, on Japanese CD from Flau, the band have focused on intimate instrumentation, found sounds and the lead singer’s soft falsetto. Unsurprisingly Brian Eno...view item »
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Danny Norbury
Light In August

This is a much needed re-issue of Norbury’s debut full length record from 2009 and includes bonus tracks from his earlier EP on Static Caravan. Once at the forefront of the neo-classical revolution, Norbury has been quieter in recent years, seemingly content to add his weight to releases by the likes of The Boat...view item »
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Sylvain Chauveau
Abstractions

Neoclassical/experimental minimalist Sylvain Chauveau is back with a collection of remixes of both his own and other people’s work on this CD here. ‘Heart Beating’, originally by Agoria, has some sweep...view item »
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Cicada
Ocean

Taiwan group Cicada compose original pieces of modern classical music, very much aligned with the stately neo-romanticism of artists like Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm (as opposed to Helmut L...view item »
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Madegg
NEW

This crazy chicken by the name of Kazumichi Komatsu is returning to Tokyo label Flau to provide your ears with some pulsing, challenging textures that discogs has kindly labelled ‘ambient’, despite this being an album that could never be played as functional ‘background’ sound. Thank god this isn’t minimal ambient, ...view item »
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El Fog
Rebuilding Vibes

I reckon analogue synths are probably my favourite musical sound but a close contender would be the mighty vibraphone. From Lionel Hampton to Tortoise/Mice Parade there are many fine examples of this instrument at work. El Fog a.k.a Berlin-based Japanese artist Masayoshi Fujita seems pretty keen on the instrument too as he's dedicated an entire pro...view item »
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0
Umarete Wa Mita Keredo

High quality quietness from 0 here, an ensemble featuring Sylvain Chauveau. He wrote all the music on Umarete Wa Mita Keredo to accompany a silent Ozu film, which I can imagine being a perfect fit. Entirely acoustic, these pieces are delicate melodic constructions. Released by the Japan...view item »
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CRYSTAL
Crystal Station 64

Crystal are a Japanese gang of sleek synth enthusiasts, apparently taking as much influence from the soundtracks to 1980’s action comedy films as from fellow electro producers as seen on the Ed Banger roster (they were ‘discovered’ by Justice). Crystal Station 64 is their debut fu...view item »
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Rayons
The World Left Behind

Rayons is Japanese composer Masako Nakai, who has composed parts for a broad range of classical instruments that, on debut full-length The World Left Behind, knit together into heavily melancholic melodic structures. Several pieces include vocals from frequent collaborator Predawn. Japa...view item »
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Noah
Sivutie

Noah emerged from the local indie scene of her home in Northern Japan in a haze of minimalist, spellbinding electro R&B. Following the release of 3 beautifully crafted mixtapes, she has finally released this 15-track, full-length debut, blending a host of influences from 90’s trip hop to French animated soundtrack scores, to create an ...view item »
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Geskia
Silent 77

Oh man I feel like I'm going to burst after just quoffing a pastie, a bag of chips and 2 potato fritters. I best knock out this Geskia review before there's intestines and chip fat all over the office. So this comes to us all the way from Japanese label Flau which seems to be reasonably popular with you guys at the moment. 'Silent 77' is a really w...view item »
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Cuushe
Night Lines

Presented over four tracks as a noir fairytale, ‘Night Lines’ EP is the fourth release by Kyoto native dream pop artist Cuushe, due for release on New York/London based independent alternative record label Cascine. Using her light, mesmerizing vocals as the main instrument, Cuushe builds a haunting soundscape of the darker side of mo...view item »
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Ulises Conti
Atlas

Buenos Aires born musician and composer Ulises Conti has compiled this collection of some of his most prolific work from 2003 to present day. 10 years in the business and 7 albums on the Metamusica label alone has seen Conti create a varied range of compositions such as art installations, film soundtracks, dance and theatre pieces and other soun...view item »
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Aus
After All

Japanese artist Aus AKA Yasuhiko Fukuzono has a new album out on his very own Flau label. After All begins with 'Water Paintings' which features Sylvain Chauveau on vocals. His vocal is deep and dark, almost gothic. Then the second track has a vocal (from Cokiyu I think) which is a really stark contrast. It's feminine, delicate and ghostly. Very pr...view item »
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Radicalfashion
GARCON

Available on CD from Flau. Kobe based Radicalfashion’s first album in 8 years is ten tracks of experimental romantic piano pieces, approaching song writing using techniques taken from traditional painting each song has the ability to jump from serene to heartbreakingly discordant with a simple switch in melody, taking comp...view item »
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The Boats
Our Small Ideas 2012 Edition

This album is reportedly a favourite of the Boats boys themselves and to be honest I'm not surprised. As an expanded version of a sought-after CDr which kicked off the Our Small Ideas Boats sub-label series, this music is already precious in its origina...view item »
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Rima Kato
Faintly Lit

While still at high school in the late nineties, Rima Kato began her music career in folk-rock duo Strrows, who gradually evolved from their jaunty pop origins towards a slower, more thoughtful folk-pop. Following her 2012 mini album ‘Harmless’, Kato’s album debut ‘Faintly Lit’ consists of a lo-fi arrangement of sof...view item »
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Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven
Between The Lines

This just looks like it's gonna be a serious listen. OK serious head on for a minute...We've had a CD in by this guy before on Sub Rosa and after a quick search I can see he's done loads of albums for the label. He makes modern sounding neoclassical romantic sounding piano music. This is very pretty music indeed. You get 13 tracks of sentime...view item »
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Machinone
Tokyo

There’s a certain ‘Flau’ sound isn’t there? The Japanese label seem adept at finding unusual examples of their particular brand of micro-music that sounds somehow Japanese even though its difficult to say why or how. Even when they veer off genre there is something distinctive linking it together. Tohoku’s M...view item »


Ulises Conti
Los Griegos creían que las estrellas eran pequeños agujeros por donde los dioses escuchaban a los hombres

27 pieces, from A to Z. This recording was thought as a sound alphabet, including different types of resonances and doing a close up in the sound transformation process itself. It includes acoustic manipulations with diferents methods, both digital and analogic. The album contains musical instruments, soundscapes and field recordings of ...view item »
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Cuushe
Butterfly Case

Kyoto’s Cuushe has taken her time conjuring up this sequel to 2009’s ‘Red Rocket Telepathy’ debut, but good things come to those who wait as they say, so fans of her airy dreampop stylings can expect a treat this week as she drops 10 new tracks on an unsuspecting public. She’s got a real...view item »
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Sela
Anniversary

Following our policy of liking a record so much we bought the company, we've pressed up 200 vinyl copies of what we feel is one of the most unusual and innovative records of the past few years. 'Anniversary' by Sela was originally released on CD on the Japanese Flau imprint and sold out in a matter of days. Its disorientating blend of woozy hip-...view item »
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Cuushe
Red Rocket Telepathy

Cuushe is the latest artist on Flau from the city of Kyoto and her CD 'Red Rocket Telepathy' is a bizarre, unique trip down some blurred vision of "dream-pop" lane, showcasing some gorgeous, lilting ethereal vocals, wonky, woozy synths, slow trippy beats & laptop scrunch. Comparisons to the likes of Seefeel are apt and not without goo...view item »
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Cokiyu
Mirror Flake

Cokiyu: "Mirror Flake" (Flau) Is the sort of effortless, organic synthesis of electronic and synthetic textures that makes you wonder what's in the water, or food, in Japan that makes artists like Ueda Takayasu produce such a lush vein of leftfield pop. Utilising software in such a sparse manner, you'll wonder why so many electronic artis...view item »
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Cokiyu
Your Thorn

I don't remember hearing the 1st Cokiyu album on Flau when it came in so I thought I'd check this one out. From the off it's incredibly delicate music. Gentle indie pop swathed in electronics and more twinkles than you can shake a shitty stick at. It's making me think of earlier Mum and f...view item »
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Ikebana
When You Arrive There

The Flau label’s newest signing Ikebana are two lovely ladies from Japan, Maki and En make wonderfully minimal ambient music but with its roots deeply set in the shoegaze scene, Ikebana is a japanese art of flower arrangement and this kind of comes across in the music of ‘When You Arrive There’,...view item »
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0
Soñando

Sylvain Chauveau and a couple of buddies have conspired to make this lovely CD of gently picked guitar and tinkly percussion on Flau. On it the trio play acoustic guitars and glockenspiels alongside other esoteric percussion and a toy organ, carving dense otherworldly poly...view item »
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Cokiyu
Haku

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Cokiyu
Your Thorn Remixes

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Twigs & Yarn
The Language Of Flowers

I’ve just spent an hour trying to file away this weeks releases. Can I just ask something, nicely? Can people stop releasing records please? A good percentage of them are utterly pointless and are taking up space in our stock room. The truth is that Phil only stocks mos...view item »
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Liz Christine
Sweet Mellow Cat

Here’s a newie on Flau by Liz Christine. There’s little for me to go on with the press release as it’s basically just a poem and a tracklisting, so I can’t give you any background info on her. I’ll make some up. Liz wa...view item »


Cuushe
Girl You Know That I Am Here But The Dream

I was confused by this one until I opened it and then it all made lots of sense all of a sudden. Bit simple me sometimes...... It’s a triple 3” CD set and on each CD you get one new track by Cuushe and then a bunch of rem...view item »
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MayMay
EP

Pretty little thing, this one, in one of those fancy folding card sleeves that the Japanese are so much better at than everyone else. The disc inside contains five songs from MayMay, the brainchild of songwriter Laurel Simmons. They're minimal, twinkly affairs with lush but spacious arrangeme...view item »
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The Boats
Faulty Toned Radio

well, quite simply this is an awesome record - beautiful organic, touching and soulful work from the boys...view item »
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Kumisolo
My Love For You Is A Cheap Pop Song

This CD is good fun, it's really happy sounding Japanese electro-pop. It's super playful with lots of friendly melodies and very nicely produced. Many of the sounds remind me of video games and her voice is charming. Dave has just come over and declared that he's liking this. It's so cheerful and has a wonderful childlike innocence. It's fine quali...view item »
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Novi Sad
Funkel

Novisad: a.k.a Kristian Peters creates conceptual soundscapes as opposed to traditionally structured music. The tracks on 'Funkel' are sonic chunks of manipulation based solely on guitar samples Kristian has been storing up in his computer machine. He is obviously inspired by the infinite possibilities presented by the cutting and pasting of guitar...view item »
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Now
The Hepadaboo

The Hepadaboo is the oddly-titled new album from Now. This is what I call music!!one!1! Starting off with a ten minute tune that to all intents and purposes sounds exactly like a far less confrontational Suicide this London collective of about fifty thousand musicians then proceed to wander their way through various reference points from No Wave an...view item »
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Part Timer
Blue

'Blue' is also the title of a new collection by Part Timer on Japanese label Flau. This collection continues the slightly introspective strain of music popular amongst bedroom musicians and the like. A little more progressive than the Melodium CDR, this set combines the organic and synthetic to summon up a mode that anticipates the current boom for...view item »
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Radiosonde
Radiosonde

Ahhh, what better way to end the busy working day than to unwind to the most relaxing sounds of Hayati Aoki and Takashi Tsuda with their second album. Together the pair have created a truly heartwarming album of gentle and tender acoustic guitar plucking, autoharp and blissful drones. Throughout the sound is fragile, delicate and warm and p...view item »
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Henning Schmiedt
Wolken

This is the 2nd CD we've had from Henning. After his last album which was created for his pregnant wife to help her pregnancy (she'll still have been kicking his face of during labour mind you) here's his new opus 'Wolken'. Which does exactly as you'd think it would. He's a German virtuoso and here he plays in a cheeky lively style which reminds me...view item »
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El Fog
Reverberate Slowly

Also on the electronic tip is the new CD from the Moteer stable by EL FOG. I think these are Japanese but I have cock al info on 'em to substantiate this aside from what my battered memory can recall from a phone call. here we have a CD called Reverberate Slowly which is very minimal clicky electronica with a healthy dub thing...view item »
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Geskia
Eclipse 323

Geskia had a CD out on Flau a while back. I can't remember hearing it but I think it was one of those clicky twinkly style Japanese electronica affairs. 'Eclipse 323' is the name of their/ his/ her brand new opus and it's a 13 track beast including remixes by Caural, Lukid and local superstar Bracken. The album is kind of funky electronica which ve...view item »
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Henning Schmiedt
Klavierraum

After all of that I need something well soothing. Fortunately here's Henning Schmiedt at hand with his tinkly piano and his magic fingers being all tinkly everywhere. Klavierraum is new on Flau Records and it's 15 tracks of pure ivory tinkles with the occasional new age whoosh and shuffle in the background. I have to say I quite like this. Its very...view item »
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Hood, Jasper Leyland, Various
Little Things

Various Artists: 'Little Things' (Flau) An eighteen track odyssey from the popular Japanese imprint, collects tracks from a diverse company of artists and groups including: Jasper Leyland; Hood; Part Timer; F.S. Blumm; Cokiyu and The Boats amongst others. Leyland's crisp embers of light electronica, percussive ticks and gentle strum more or less se...view item »
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Dale Berning
The Horse And Camel Stories

Twinkles... Colleen is the queen of it but alas she hasn't had a sex change. It's Dale Berning taking the twinkle crown this week. Although they could be royalty. The king and queen of twinkles ruling the land of twinklelsville where unicorns roam free and the dog poop on the street is actually made of organic fairtrade chocolate. 'The Horse and Ca...view item »
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