naph + Chihei Hatakeyama / Air                               

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artist : naph + Chihei Hatakeyama
title : Air
cat# : WHACD-6

01. Air
02. When you sleep
03. Age
04. For JC
05. Stars
06. Fountain
07. May
08. Long night
09. Hydrangea
10. Souvenirs
The sound is vibrating air.
Music is a means of expression space and time.
The theme of this album.
- naph,Chihei Hatakeyama

This is the first collaborative work of naph, who plays delicate and gentle stream of time in acoustic sound, and Chihei Hatakeyama, who keeps releasing Ambient/Drone with repeatedly processed sound images that could be heard far off beyond the horizon.
The album, named “Air,” is a work of drone and ambient music on the theme of “air.”
It is full of graceful sounds that are thoughtfully created to be more natural, deeper, and tenderer.
Drone which expresses the time and space by continuous or discontinuous changes, naturfull ambient by the use of field recording, and the pile-up of pellucid guitar sounds travel to bring serenity to the listeners through the air.
The art work "My babies," which can be described as an “ambient picture,” is done by Kayoko Watanabe, who is gaining attention for her unique style.

Naph has been making BGM for computer games and TV Commercials and as an engineer, he has mixed/mastered/arranged/co-written many tracks&albums including Tujiko Noriko,,Mina Kumari, Kool keith, Motohiro Nakashima,World’s End Girlfriend,A Lily,Alejandro Franov, Apple Light, Lily of the Valley etc. He also plays in the band “All The Frogs Are Our Weekend” with Chihei Hatakeyama aka Opitope (Kranky/Room40) and Tomoyasu Takanishi aka Flower Triangle (Novel Sounds). 2009.7.4 RdL[decades away from home] p-vine records release!2010.5.19 naph[wind mill]:pastel records release!2010.6.16 all the frogs are our weekend[flop] kiti release.
Chihei Hatakeyama is a sound artist and musician living on the outskirts of Tokyo. He has performed for years under his given name and also as one half of the electroacoustic duo Opitope, along with Tomoyoshi Date. Hatakeyama polychromes memory-evoking soundscapes with various recorded materials of electric, acoustic instruments such as electric guitars, vibraphone, and piano. his releases is on Kranky, Room 40, Under the Spire, Hibernate Records, Magic Book Records, Home Nomal, OwnRecords and Spekk (as Opitope)..

comments on 'Air'
celer (Will Long)
A blur of transience, and not waiting, but spending time on each precious moment, and being ever-watchful of the starts. There's a grandeur, and a heaviness of the humid summer, the pours, and afternoon heat. Still, it rains heavily every night, and there's the song that you hear at every moment. 'Air', the new album by Naph and Chihei Hatakeyama, is all of this time, and all this passing; a tide, the viewers of the everyday. They've built a soundtrack to it. Instead of trying to describe it, it reminds me how much this is simply the everyday, and that quiet, moving peacefulness. A genuine, lifelike world by two ever-inspiring artists.

Miko (Someone Good,PLOP)
It is felt like space-time wind blow through me, just like swimming in the universe or looking at ancient ruins.
Two different styles are exquisitely mixed up and widen my perspective.It reminds me of wonderfulness and freedom in music.

'Air' are available from the following retailers
 Norman Records (UK)
 Experimedia (USA)
 Drone Records(DE)
 SlowFlowRec (JPN)
 Monitor Records(HK)

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