Meitei - Komachi
Special '2020 Edition' featuring brand new sleeve design, beautiful 140gm cream vinyl and a 12 page booklet with words in Japanese & English from Meitei.
Ships Late June/Early July 2020
“Things fade into obscurity when a populace has no interest” - Meitei / 冥丁
Meitei considers himself an old soul, often preoccupied with the customs and rituals of the past. Recently Meitei lost his beloved 99-year-old grandmother, a woman who he considered to be one of the last remaining people to have experience and understanding of traditional Japanese ambience. His music and art is driven by a desire to cast light on an era and aesthetic that he believes is drifting out of the collective Japanese consciousness with each passing generation, what he calls "the lost Japanese mood". He chose to dedicate Komachi to his late Grandmother.
“I want to revive the soul of Japan that still sleeps in the darkness” - Meitei / 冥丁
Haunting and delicate, distant and timeless, Komachi is awash with white noise, complex field recordings and the hypnotic sounds of flowing water. Though confidently contemporary, like a bucolic J-Dilla, Komachi’s lineage can be traced back to the floating worlds of Ukiyo-e and Gagaku via the prism of 80s Japanese ambient pioneers, and 90s pastoral sample-based artists such as Susumu Yokota and Nobukazu Takemura.
Composed as individual sonic dioramas, each of the twelve tracks have been crafted to not only evoke feelings of nostalgia but to also explore the dichotomy of ancient and new in modern Japanese society. This pervasive narrative runs throughout, calling to mind the work of authors Yasunari Kawabata and Natsume Soseki, as well as the films of Yasujirō Ozu and Hayao Miyazaki, artists similarly fascinated by the reflective tranquillity that permeated traditional Japanese domestic life.
The limited vinyl release, produced in collaboration with label and distributor Séance Centre, includes a super limited special edition complete with beautiful twelve-page booklet featuring a number of prints in the Ukiyo-e style, a traditional style of woodblock print that dates back to 17th century Japan. The images were chosen by Meitei to showcase the old style Japanese sentiments that form a core inspiration to his musical output.
So excited to be able to bring you the very last of the second pressing of Meitei's stunning 2019 LP Komachi, released by the good folk at Metron and Seance records. Using some material that pre-dates the stunning and newly reissued KWAIDAN, with some newer compositions, Komachi is a rich, ambient record, and something of a masterclass in Japanese hauntology, conjuring the ghosts of a spiritual Japanese past lost now to the large looming tech-culture that reigns supreme. With these two records, the young Meitei has asserted himself as one of the worlds premium avant Garde and ambient composers. With very sparing use of texture and palette, he has clear and sophisticated nods to such cultural hit points as Koizumi Yakumo's ghost stories, the visual film and animation works of Mizuki Shigeru and Hayao Miyzaki as well as maybe more western leaning sound artists J Dilla, or early Four tet, with their characteristic wonky and loose sample play, allowing sounds to become organic in the mind of the listener.