April 2017, Osaka, Sakura, the beautiful time of the cherry blossom. We quickly get a warm coffee from the drinks vendor down the street, then off to Kabamix' LMD studio downtown. Time is short, the off-days are counted on tour. As the year before at the SVS label camp in Budapest, we stick to the plan: one track a day.
This time we have guests! MAYUKo, Arihirua and Ryoko epitomize the perfect antipodes to the lonesome samurai on his white horse (Shiroi Uma) we had in mind on our first EP (SVS010).
Everything flows, everything is improvised, the music itself is the place where we meet, no much talking about what´s happening, we just carry on doing the thing. The studio of Kabamix, longtime soundengineer of Haruomi Hosono, has built up over many years, it´s a hoard of like-minded people.
Gekko No Odoriko translates to 'Moonshine Dancer'. The rhythm, as usual a driving force in our music, is converting every listener unwillingly into a squirrelly moving dancer. Heavy, yes, bassy, yes, yet never isolated drums build the foundation of the beatgrid as well as the arrangement. With an ascending condensation of musical events, the track enfolds it´s physical energy vertically and horizontally. And just as the spacey synth enters the track, MAYUKo (Synth Sisters) has entered the studio, a Korg Prophecy under her arm, straight into the recording cabin, recording 'it'. Vocals by Ryoko aka Mt.Chills and us happy bunch.
Holy Water: Visiting the holy mountain near Nara national park, the impossible seemed so simple: capturing water. An old man mumbling on the floor next to the entrance, little volvic bottles making their rounds to this special zone, bamboo growing high all over the place, deers walking close by as if there was no distinction between us living beings.
Amanogawa, 'Milky Way', extrudes the blink of an eye to an endless state of floating in a field of zero gravity while scenes from the inner self are gushing by. Arihirua's voice guides us into an unsung realm where our thoughts get absorbed between the micro and macro of space.
With Ortho Vision the last sprout of zest for action is moving along the handrail of the beatgrid until it’s complete evanescence. All Percussion is played by drumwizzard Gabriel Hahn, Berlin.
SVS Records was set up by Benedikt Brachtel & Daniel Hermann-Collini in 2013 along with artist residencies, which are
organised once a year in different secluded venues around the world. The label builds around the idea to create a platform for the output of all participating artists and alumnis of the residencies.
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