Akari is the third album from Tokyo duo Illuha. Following 2011’s debut Shizuku (12k1067) and 2013’s Interstices (12k2028), Akari takes the next artistic step for the band. While Shizuku was recorded in the US and completed separately by the artists, Interstices captured the duo creating their exceptionally detailed music together live during a Japaneses tour. Akari, in turn, is the first studio album where Illuha recorded and mixed together, throughout the entire process. — Read more

LABEL: 12K
CAT. NO: 12K1080
RELEASE: March 18, 2014
FORMAT: CD

 

Start with a room, a cleanish one, not too rustic, not too slick, and then fill it with tools, fill it with anything that can be used to make other things. Put the room in the forest, but not too deeply in, let’s have the city on the distant horizon. — Read more

LABEL: 12K
CAT. NO: 12K2028
RELEASE: June 11, 2013
FORMAT: CD Download

 

The electric glow of the street lights fade into the blue evening fog. The broken path narrows and gradually leads away from the wires that hang precariously and endlessly above our heads. — Read more

LABEL: 12K
CAT. NO: 12K2026
RELEASE: December 12, 2012
FORMAT: CD

 

12k presents Shizuku, the debut album from ILLUHA comprised of Tokyo residents Corey Fuller and Tomoyoshi Date. Shizuku was recorded in a 100-year old church in Bellingham, Washington and the duo used ambient and quad-microphone techniques to capture the natural acoustics of the high-vaulted ceilings, wooden floors, stained glass and the natural resonances of the space. — Read more

LABEL: 12K
CAT. NO: 12K1067
RELEASE: October 18, 2011
FORMAT: CD

 

The second 12k sampler CD features 12 songs chronologically looking forward to early 2012 and back to the recent releases and clocks in at over 60 minutes. It offers a sneak-peak at upcoming music plus a re-cap of the past year. The CD is being sold for only $4/$6 (USA/INT’L respectively) and that includes shipping. It’s an inexpensive way to familiarize yourself with the latest on 12k. — Read more

LABEL: 12K
CAT. NO: 12KP002
RELEASE: September 13, 2011
FORMAT: CD

 

The Cotton compilation and showcase mark the second anniversary of Dragon’s Eye Recordings’ continued examination of the intersection between minimalist electronics and unique textures and drones. Cotton represents a mix of current artists, new collaborations between them, and some new additions to the family. — Read more

LABEL: Dragon’s Eye Recordings
CAT. NO: der003
RELEASE: August, 2007
FORMAT: CD

 

COREY FULLER

 

Opening in mist, with disassembled activity both hidden and continuous, Seas Between is a work containing the solemnity of temporality, trembling tenderness, and the brightest side of sightless imagination. Corey Fuller was born in the United States, but while still very young, he relocated with his family to Japan, where he spent the next 20 years, before returning to the United States to live in Washington state. — Read more

LABEL: Dragon’s Eye Recording
CAT. NO: de5026
RELEASE: December, 2009
FORMAT: CD-R

 

The third and perhaps final project in the film director series which began with “Andrei Tarkovsky – Another Kind Of Language” and “Yasujiro Ozu – Hitokomakura”. “Michelangelo Antonioni – Trilogy And Epilogue” focuses upon the Italian auteur’s landmark “tetralogy” of films L’Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961), L’Eclisse (1962) and IlDeserto Rosso (1963). — Read more

LABEL: and/oar
CAT. NO: and/36
RELEASE: 2010
FORMAT: CD

 

TOMOYOSHI DATE

 

This an imaginary album traveling from the north to south, overlapping the images of transition of the four seasons. In reality, indeed one things always leads to an end and I feel sad every time I think about that. In this album, we tried to express this sorrow feeling changing gradually into hope as we travel south. Seasons have no end. — Read more

LABEL: SPEKK
CAT. NO: KK011
RELEASE: 2007
FORMAT: CD

 

This is the first compilation album from Spekk compiled by the label owner mondii. Each of the artists were asked to compose a track with their interpretations of “small melodies” with Keywords like Warm, tender and calm. It was meant to present diversity of minimal-style music in a peaceful “harmonic” way. — Read more

LABEL: SPEKK
CAT. NO: KK005
RELEASE: 2007
FORMAT: CD

 

Tomoyoshi Date (also known as 1/2 of Opitope) finally drops his long-awaited 1st full album “Human Being” – A treasurous acoustic-electronic music full of rich imagination and nostalgia. The album consists of 6 splendid tracks using live field recorded instruments such as ukulele, piano, acoustic guitar, vibraphone, harmonica and the accordions etc. — Read more

LABEL: Flyrec
CAT. NO: FLYCD-12
RELEASE: 2009
FORMAT: CD

 

Otoha was composed on piano, played at night between the period when Date was informed his daugther was expected and the day before her birth. His daugther Otoha’s name means “the sound of leaves”. — Read more

LABEL: Own Records
CAT. NO:
RELEASE: November 11, 2011
FORMAT: CD

 

This is the first collaborative full-length release by Japan’s Opitope, the duo of Chihei Hatakeyama (Kranky, Room40) and Tomoyoshi Date (FlyRec), and Asuna (spekk, Headz). Listeners familiar with Opitope’s majestic 2007 release “Hau,” or any of the more recent output by Asuna, Hatakeyama or Date, will find much to love here. — Read more

LABEL: Students Of Decay
CAT. NO: SOD21
RELEASE:
FORMAT: CD