When You Arrive There

by IKEBANA

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IKEBANA, in Japanese, is an art of flower arrangement.
Unlike conventional flower arrangement, it often focuses on other areas of the plant, such as its stems and leaves, rather than its blooms, and lays emphasis toward the shape, line, form of the arrangement.
IKEBANA is about minimalism, about beauty in space, and about calmness.
IKEBANA is made up of 2 wonderfully talented female artists, maki and en. Their unique music is infused with a strong sense of Shoegaze and Ambient, but in a very much stripped-down form. Phases of minimal guitar noise floating through the space of sounds, like a wavering light in darkness, with deeply reverbed female voices drifting in to create a calm universe between a dream and the reality.
Unlike the current style of psychedelic/drone music for overseas, IKEBANA’s music is about minimalism, about beauty in space, and about calmness, just like the art of flower arrangement of IKEBANA itself.

"an album of beautiful, tense, secret dream-music that sounds like nothing else, ever" - James McNew (Yo La Tengo)

reminiscent of Slowdive’s Pygmalion or Grouper’s works. Breathtaking. - No Fear Of Pop

keeping stocks of ethereal minimalism high for the rest of the world, presumably in case of a perilous shortage - The 405

aerial beauty trapped in isolation, evoking a not wholly definable past. ‘Rose’ brings to mind Grouper’s light touch with repetition - Peel Apart

It’s short, it’s simple and it’s brilliant - Echoes and Dust

very clean crisp sound a lot like the now fan favourite Slowdive album ‘Pygmalion’, there are some quirky moments of minimalism in there too like the scraping of a guitar string or the echo of distant feedback. ‘When You Arrive There’ has a very solitary sound to it like Labradford… - Norman Records

makiとenの日本人女性2人組によるギターユニットIKEBANA、初の全国流通盤となるニューアルバム。 シューゲイザー/アンビエントを通過し、徹底的にミニマルに削ぎ落されたゆらめきの音像、ざらついたギターノイズの感触と深いリヴァーブの中から浮かんで は消える声。makiがカセットMTRに録音した音源をきっかけに生まれたそのサウンドは、夢と現実の間を漂いながらも、圧倒的な存在感をもって日常の隙 間に入り込んでいきます。欧米のサイケデリック/ドローンの流れとは一線を画す、限りなく白く儚い音楽の形がここに。

"こんなに緊張感のある美しいアルバムは聴いたことがない。隠された夢のような音楽だ。" - James McNew (Yo La Tengo)

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released June 19, 2013

recording/mixing: DJ Codomo
mastering: Miles Whittaker (Demdike Stare/Pendle Coven)
artwork: Shimon Minamikawa
design: AOKI,hayato

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