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Satomimagae

Hanazono

— Limited edition of 125 screen-printed covers available only from RVNG. [SOLD OUT]
— We are selling 100 copies of the only CD format of Hanazono officially licensed and pressed in Japan by Plancha.
— Each purchase includes a multi-format download redeemable via Bandcamp.

** If your order contains a pre-order record, it will be held and shipped complete when pre-order stock arrives. **

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Satomimagae entrusts listeners with Hanazono, a compendium of miniature beauty, a sonic globe enclosed with subtly resonant energies. Satomi’s fourth full-length arrives as an invitation to revel in your immediate and imagined surroundings; to make time and space for guileless curiosity and garden variety enchantment.

Hanazano, translated as “flower garden,” is a tribute to everyday mysticism, that sense of pure and private wonder excited by a stone, a river, or winds. Its often unplugged and affective register does not emanate from raw, emotional sources, rather a more devotional, process-oriented yet playful framework. Described by Satomi as a “small outer space,” this sound enclosure is a safe remove from the world where an artist can create, just for herself.

Satomi has transmitted three albums and a handful of EPs from this enclosure so far, situated in the environs of Tokyo. Her last album Kemri (2017), and Koko before it (2014), were released on Chihei Hatakeyama’s White Paddy Mountain. While incorporating textures not uncommonly heard in Hatakeyama’s own music, Satomi’s approach to writing has always favored form over the formless in a folk tradition. Still, Hanazono is an informal affair, encouraged by Satomi’s interest in music-making for the sake of music-making as inspired by her childhood memories and freedom.

Each song on Hanazono is dedicated to a simple theme, object or image, out of which grows uncomplicated melodies wrapped in layers of textural warmth, like a flower subtly moving in sway with its environment. Accompaniments of avian calls and electric guitar strata, added by Hideki Urawa, who also mixed Hanazono, suggest a spacious firmament above this burgeoning bed of earth. An ecology of simple, cyclical refrains are bathed in humming ethers, elegiac entreaties cross-pollinating with ludic and layered folk vibrations. These are songs, lyrically light footed and tunefully mellow. Every element has its place, blooming in synchronicity with its sphere.

Hanazono realizes a shift in the artist’s habitually intimate and introspective tendencies. Though there are perceptible shades to this space – suggestions of isolation and vulnerability –  there is a balance of light which resonates outwards. There is a sense of seeing the world around with wide-eyes, and belonging to it. This way of looking and being is reflected in the folktale relief print illustration which covers the album, setting a scene of sanctuary and insight for this green, growing patch of sound.

Satomimagae’s Hanazono will be released in partnership with Guruguru Brain on April 23, 2021 on vinyl and digital formats. On behalf of Satomi, a portion of the proceeds from this release  will benefit the International Rescue Committee and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit, educational organization behind Sesame Street, who together give displaced children in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq the support they need to learn, grow and thrive. 

Tracklist
LP

Side A (33 RPM)
A1. Hebisan
A2. Manuke
A3. Suiheisen
A4. Tsuchi
A5. Houkou
A6. Uzu

Side B (33 RPM)
B1. Kaze
B2. Numa
B3. Ashi
B4. Ondo
B5. Kouji
B6. Uchu

JP CD

01. Hebisan
02. Manuke
03. Suiheisen
04. Tsuchi
05. Houkou
06. Uzu
07. Kaze
08. Numa
09. Ashi
10. Ondo
11. Kouji
12. Uchu
13. Kunugi (Bonus Track)

DIGITAL

01. Hebisan
02. Manuke
03. Suiheisen
04. Tsuchi
05. Houkou
06. Uzu
07. Kaze
08. Numa
09. Ashi
10. Ondo
11. Kouji
12. Uchu
13. Dango (Bonus Track)

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