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Chihei Hatakeyama, Hakobune, zakè, From Overseas // Live Improvisations LP

Chihei Hatakeyama, Hakobune, zakè, From Overseas // Live Improvisations LP

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This is a collaborative record by Japanese ambient artists Chihei Hatakeyama and Hakobune and American ambient artists zakè and From Overseas that was released in January 2024 on the Indianapolis-based ambient label Past Inside the Present in a limited edition of 1 copies.

Contains 2 live recordings.DL code included.

Labels and other worksClick here for the guidelines. ///Click here to see more Past Inside The Present releases available at Tobira. 

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Includes DL code. Edition of 500. 12" transparent pink vinyl and black vinyl. 

Tracklist:

1. Chihei Hatakeyama X Hakobune - Live Improvisation I 21:45
2. zakè X From Overseas - Live Improvisation II 21:54

 

Description by Description by Thomas Meluch [Benoît Pioulard], October 2023 

"The colors that appear in autumn are the soul of perennial transition and slow breath; once a chill sets in and the chlorophyll-green of the leaves migrates to the trunk of the tree, those yellows, oranges and reds emerge from chemical remnants that have in fact has been there all along, awaiting their moment on the forest's lissome stage. It is a graceful manner of self-sustenance for the organism, but a source of ineffable beauty for the observing eye. Potent, poetic echoes of nostalgia and mortality coexist in a quiet fanfare brought to its end by literal gravity and decay.

There is a tender, undeniable strain of this fundamental complexity in the catalogs of Japanese ambient legends Chihei Hatakeyama and Hakobune (aka Takahiro Yorifuji), who have each composed dozens of works for the likes of kranky, Room40, Constellation Tatsu, and Hatakeyama's own White Paddy Mountain, among many others. Yorifuji's gorgeous 2019 LP for Past Inside the Present is even fittingly titled The Last of Our Time Together, an acknowledgment of the falling-away to which all things are subject.

Resulting from a 2014 session between Yorifuji and Hatakeyama in rural Japan, and unearthed after a curatorial conversation with PITP head Zach Frizzell, the 22-minute unfurling of “Live Improvisation I” displays a depth of intuition and pacing that can only develop over years of individual exploration and a particular aligning of the planets. Their progressions evolve almost imperceptibly, allowing for moments of negative space that give way to gossamer swells in the purest of warm guitar tones. At times the only reminder of human hands in this billowing expanse is the distant flit of a fingertip, lightly scratching the A string while shifting chords. Altogether it gives the feeling of being dropped into one extended moment of an eternal drift, eons easing outward on either side of the fade.

Inspired by the richness of this source material, zakè (Frizzell) and From Overseas (aka Kévin Séry) crafted “Live Improvisation II” in order to forge an intercontinental bond, similarly performed in a single take with minimal editing. While graced by a kindred patina, their side adds the subtle but very effective crackle of a well-loved, dusty LP that's been pulled from the shelf after a few years; whatever sounds the grooves might have once held, they are reshaped here into an impressionistic memory of a first listen long ago. Frizzell and Séry's remarkable long-form album Demain, dès l'aube (PITP, 2023) forged its environments from nocturnal mystery, but on Live Improvisations they offer a lucid, delicate glow that rises humbly across the loam.

Since 2018 zakè has produced an unimpeachable catalog of affecting ambient releases, both solo and as an adventurous, prolific collaborator. From Overseas may be the newest to the game among this quartet, but his work effortlessly flows into that of the legacy artists, and the torch they collectively bear will continue to light the caverns of the ever-expanding modern experimental landscape. Live Improvisations brims with a consistent mastery of tone, texture and movement, and elegantly takes its time in doing so. "

Artist : Chihei Hatakeyama, Hakobune, zakè, From Overseas

Label: Past Inside The Present

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This is a collaborative record by Japanese ambient artists Chihei Hatakeyama and Hakobune and American ambient artists zakè and From Overseas that was released in January 2024 on the Indianapolis-based ambient label Past Inside the Present in a limited edition of 1 copies.

Contains 2 live recordings.DL code included.

Labels and other worksClick here for the guidelines. ///Click here to see more Past Inside The Present releases available at Tobira. 

-------------------------------------

Includes DL code. Edition of 500. 12" transparent pink vinyl and black vinyl. 

Tracklist:

1. Chihei Hatakeyama X Hakobune - Live Improvisation I 21:45
2. zakè X From Overseas - Live Improvisation II 21:54

 

Description by Description by Thomas Meluch [Benoît Pioulard], October 2023 

"The colors that appear in autumn are the soul of perennial transition and slow breath; once a chill sets in and the chlorophyll-green of the leaves migrates to the trunk of the tree, those yellows, oranges and reds emerge from chemical remnants that have in fact has been there all along, awaiting their moment on the forest's lissome stage. It is a graceful manner of self-sustenance for the organism, but a source of ineffable beauty for the observing eye. Potent, poetic echoes of nostalgia and mortality coexist in a quiet fanfare brought to its end by literal gravity and decay.

There is a tender, undeniable strain of this fundamental complexity in the catalogs of Japanese ambient legends Chihei Hatakeyama and Hakobune (aka Takahiro Yorifuji), who have each composed dozens of works for the likes of kranky, Room40, Constellation Tatsu, and Hatakeyama's own White Paddy Mountain, among many others. Yorifuji's gorgeous 2019 LP for Past Inside the Present is even fittingly titled The Last of Our Time Together, an acknowledgment of the falling-away to which all things are subject.

Resulting from a 2014 session between Yorifuji and Hatakeyama in rural Japan, and unearthed after a curatorial conversation with PITP head Zach Frizzell, the 22-minute unfurling of “Live Improvisation I” displays a depth of intuition and pacing that can only develop over years of individual exploration and a particular aligning of the planets. Their progressions evolve almost imperceptibly, allowing for moments of negative space that give way to gossamer swells in the purest of warm guitar tones. At times the only reminder of human hands in this billowing expanse is the distant flit of a fingertip, lightly scratching the A string while shifting chords. Altogether it gives the feeling of being dropped into one extended moment of an eternal drift, eons easing outward on either side of the fade.

Inspired by the richness of this source material, zakè (Frizzell) and From Overseas (aka Kévin Séry) crafted “Live Improvisation II” in order to forge an intercontinental bond, similarly performed in a single take with minimal editing. While graced by a kindred patina, their side adds the subtle but very effective crackle of a well-loved, dusty LP that's been pulled from the shelf after a few years; whatever sounds the grooves might have once held, they are reshaped here into an impressionistic memory of a first listen long ago. Frizzell and Séry's remarkable long-form album Demain, dès l'aube (PITP, 2023) forged its environments from nocturnal mystery, but on Live Improvisations they offer a lucid, delicate glow that rises humbly across the loam.

Since 2018 zakè has produced an unimpeachable catalog of affecting ambient releases, both solo and as an adventurous, prolific collaborator. From Overseas may be the newest to the game among this quartet, but his work effortlessly flows into that of the legacy artists, and the torch they collectively bear will continue to light the caverns of the ever-expanding modern experimental landscape. Live Improvisations brims with a consistent mastery of tone, texture and movement, and elegantly takes its time in doing so. "

Artist : Chihei Hatakeyama, Hakobune, zakè, From Overseas

Label: Past Inside The Present