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Chihei Hatakeyama

More long-form drone examinations from Chihei Hatakeyama, the minimal master with guitar and synthesiser. Maybe’s five tracks grew out of an experience of heavy rain while wondering the site of an old battlefield in Japan. As we expect from Chihei Hatakeyama, this is a luscious listen that you can...view item »

Tamaru & Chihei Hatakeyama
Lunar Eclipse

Inspired, sure enough, by a naturally occurring astral phenomenon -- happening twice recently, apparently -- Tamaru & Chihei Hatakeyama set about making their considered Lunar Eclipse record. Tamaru coaxes appropriately ethereal sounds out of his bass while Chihei enacts his usual supreme, sublime control over his e...view item »

Chihei Hatakeyama + Federico Durand

Chihei Hatakeyama and Federico Durand once more got together (well, via the medium of file exchange) to stir up a pleasing record of thoughtful ambience and careful drone. Sora has a simple and pure feel: sounds sit next to each other in complimentary assemblies. Japanese CD release on White Paddy Mount...view item »

Aquarium Sympathy

Shelling are a Tokyo-based pop shoegaze band, which frankly is enough to get me interested. If you need more, this is the second album from the duo Aya and Shota. They make what is described as in Japan as Sherbet Pop, but don’t let that put you off. It’s anything but -- poppy, upbeat and moving ambient sounds....view item »

Small Conversations

Melodia is the sweet little duo of Federico Durand and Tomoyoshi Date. They’ve called their album Small Conversations, which feels spot-on: this is a record of quiet, simple, and communicative music, carried out with acoustic guitar, piano, and a few other instruments. Four pieces...view item »

Chihei Hatakeyama
Coastal Railroads In Memories

Tokyo sound artist Chihei Hatakeyama delivers a rich suite of ambience here on Coastal Railroads In Memories. What life experience could be more ambient than remembrances of long train journeys? The album, composed with modular synth, vibraphone, piano and guitar...view item »

Asuna & Opitope
The Crepuscular Grove

Binks and bonks, bleeps and bloops, bangs and whirrs - you'll find them all here on the second collaborative album between Japanese ambientsters Asuna and Opitope. Soundscapes unfurl tenderly across the album’s six sprawling tracks, with micro-loops and plumes of analog interference offset by a good deal o...view item »

Chihei Hatakeyama + Hakobune
The Fall Rises

Dual guitar drone sessions from Japanese ambient masters Chihei Hatakeyama and Hakobune. Chords that are so drawn out and sustained through waves of reverb that the records title is spot on, glacial chords seem to constantly be falling, or building around but never meet an end. There are tones of The Str...view item »

Chihei Hatakeyama

This is the latest album from impossi-say Japanese composer Chihei Hatakeyama and was made as a companion to his recent tour of western Japan. All sounds have been made with one guitar and as you might suspect it is a gorgeous floaty thing of great beauty. Hatakeyama instils such calm in his compositions that I just want to floa...view item »

Apsidal Motion

Japanese musician Hakobune takes his electric guitar and turns it into long-form slabs of ambient tone-drift. Apsidal Motion apparently came into being thanks to the inspiring nature of a starlit sky in rural Japan: certainly, this could very comfortably soundtrack a late-night session of mental release. Out on White Pa...view item »

Chihei Hatakeyama
Requiem for Black Night and Earth Spiders

Prolific sound artist Chihei Hatakeyama returns with Requiem for Black Night and Earth Spiders. Here the artist manipulates sound files of guitars and transforms them into baffling drone and ambient soundscapes. Somehow Hatakeyama processes the sounds into unrecognizable forms which are both delicate and grand,&...view item »

Ken Ikeda + Chihei Hatakeyama

On Moss, composers Ken Ikeda and Chihei Hatakeyama produce a dense and organic ambient music for White Paddy Mountain. Gorgeous bell tones, electronic textures and traditional Japanese instruments, sampled and then made almost unrecognizable, are subtly blended together. This Ja...view item »

Chihei Hatakeyama
Five Dreams

Since Japan’s Chihei Hatakeyama first appeared in 2006 with his debut on Kranky, he’s been an extremely prolific producer of lush ambient music. With more than thirty albums scattered across labels like Room40, ...view item »

Hakobune & Dirk Serries
Obscured By Beams Of Sorrow

Obscured By Beams Of Sorrow is a great title for a drone collaboration isn’t it? Potently evocative and suggestive of haze. This album results from the meeting of Hakobune and Dirk Serries, both experienced in the field of experimental ambience, and evidently both quite good at working with others...view item »

Chihei Hatakeyama + Federico Durand
Magical Imaginary Child

This duo brings electric guitar (Chihei Hatakeyama) and tapes (Federico Durand) together for some ambient jams, reportedly recorded with a Buddha statue in mind. This is the first time the two have collaborated, and they seem to have stumbled upon some pretty potent chemistry. Magical Imaginary Ch...view item »

Chihei Hatakeyama
Winter Storm

Prolific Japambient master Chihei Hatakeyama returns with a new CD of his graceful texturescapes. On 'Winter Storm' he uses analogue synth, Juno-2 and Fender Stratocaster over four sweeping meditations, including one composed for the closing party of Murmur Records Daikanyama and the title track inspired by snow storms in Toyko in February this ...view item »

How could you believe me when I said I loved you when you know I've been a liar all my life

How could you believe me when I said I loved you when you know I’ve been a liar all my life is the highly poetic title of Celer’s new record, a deep ambient exercise through time, memory and place. Four tracks that apparently derive much of their character from being forgotten about on old formats for years....view item »

Moonlit Invocations

FJORDNE is a solo project of Fujimoto Sunichiro, who drives his hovering compositions forwards with careful, sometimes mournful piano. In the background lingers a wall of wandering electronic ambience and remembered-through-reverb jazz drums. Moonlit Invocations is out on the White Paddy Mountain label....view item »

Sakana Hosomi + Chihei Hatakeyama
Frozen Silence

Frozen Silence by Sakana Hosomi and Chihei Hatakeyama is a meditative drone piece that uses guitar and synthesizer to create a sound supposedly reminiscent of ice cracking. The album was recorded live in Hosomi’s own studio. The cover photo sets the mood for the music well and is called “Ice...view item »

Chihei Hatakeyama + Hakobune
It is, it isn't

Another minimalist ambient fest from two giants of the genre, both Chihei and Hakobune have been delighting fans for years now with their beautiful music. ‘It Is, It Isn’t’ kind of does exactly what you’d expect it to really, not that that’s a bad thing though as this is absolutely gorgeous with it’s clouds of...view item »

Jeremy Young & Aaron Martin
A Pulse Passes from Hand to Hand

A Pulse Passes From Hand To Hand is the recorded debut of this collaborative project, in which Jeremy Young (Sontag Shogun) meets Aaron Martin. The two trade ambience back and forth to one another using cello, guitar and tapes; each track has a backbone of a looped fragment of pian...view item »

Chihei Hatakeyama

Chihei Hatakeyama's ambient crackle continues its eternal ebb and flow, with recent effort Too Much Sadness fading into the even more recent Mist. Hatakeyama's music has strong conceptual bonds, and this record is no different, trying to replicate fog, and transpose it for a different sense:...view item »

NOGAWA kazune
Koo She

Nogawa Kazune began performing live in 2011. His aim was to revive synthesizer music and ambient electronica. Koo She utilizes elements dubstep and ambient music to create a chilled out soundscape. Kazune founded the cassette-only Stuk Label in 2013. Koo She, however, is on CD, on the White Paddy Mountain label...view item »

Federico Durand
La estrella dormida

The press release whilst poetic tells me fuck all about this release but what I can tell you from the track I'm listening to is that it is sounding utterly, utterly gorgeous. Late night twinkling atmospherics, kind of Japanesey sounding...ah it is on a Japanese label. Sounds like the type of thing Flau might put out. Beautiful atmospherics. &nbs...view item »

Just Below the Surface

Straight out of Japan and full of purity is Suisen. Just Below the Surface is the latest collaboration from these fellas. They combine new and old technologies seamlessly to create warm blankets of euphoric ambience. The addition of acoustic instruments make it sound like a Broken Social Scene i...view item »

Halfslaap II / Stiltetonen

At 55 minutes long and containing just the two tracks this is one for the long haul. The kind of electronic minimalism peddled by the likes of Machinefabriek always benefits from an injection of human warmth and the opening piece ‘Halfslaap II’ introduces some quite wonderful viola playing which is the making of it. Opening w...view item »

Lovecadio Hearn

If two Japanese girls used synthesizers, drum loops and whatever else they could find to make music, the results can be tasteful indeed. Ranging from Dan Deaconesque hard thumping beats to ethereal guitars accompanied by angelic singing, neohachi’s debut Lovecadio Hearn is not only promising, but also an original ...view item »


Soothing textures wrap around fraqsea’s voice like a cocoon, filled with warmth, quiet and safety. Gentle beats thump along the insides as you drift away into your own imaginations. It is no exaggeration when The White Paddy record label states: “All her tracks gives you magical dream like fairy story.”...view item »

Chihei Hatakeyama
Alone by The Sea

Japanese dreamster Chihei Hatakeyama has sent us a bunch of CDs on his new White Paddy Mountain label this week (as well as this there’s one by Shelling and a collaboration-laden one by Opitope...view item »

A Colony Of Kuala Mute Geeks

Here’s a new CD on Chihei Hatakeyama’s new label White Paddy Mountain by Opitope which by some strange coincidence is actually Chihei with Tomoyoshi Date. They’ve been releasing music together since 2007 an...view item »