7/07/2018

Memoryhook - My heart


 
Nagoya's newly-formed bedroom pop duo Memoryhook is
led by Takuma Inoue, who played bass guitar at
Elen Never Sleeps' live back in 2013.

On "My heart", the standout track from their 1st original song collection
(except M-2) "I Whisper It", Maya's mesmerizing vocal floats on
the stunning bassline and shimmering guitar chords.

7/01/2018

Elen Never Sleeps - Flowers For Hesse (LP)


  
It's been almost 4 years since Elen Never Sleeps announced a plan
to release his debut full-length album but finally, it's here.

Kaji has been making music under the moniker of Elen Never Sleeps for more than 10 years.
It once was a post-rock band and then, after losing hearing in one ear, he decided to go solo.

Elen Never Sleeps' music is definitely not what you expect from a Japanese act.
His well constructed composition is often described as blissful dream-pop or romantic-tinged chamber pop.

To make “Flowers For Hesse”, a collection of delicately woven vocal-centric art pop songs,
Kaji recorded almost everything by using his voice and electric guitars.
Ambient pads, something flute-ish, strings ensemble, icy synth and even steelpan...
all of these sounds on the album were actually created by guitars with effects pedals.

Kaji says,
“I’m so frustrated with the fact that the western music industry basically expects Japanese music to be bizarre, eccentric and orientalized. Removing their bias is one of the main goals of this project.“

REVIEWS:

“Elen Never Sleeps' first full-length has a casual polish that's equal parts romantic sensibility and earnest wonder. - Luke Carrell, International Tapes/AdHoc”

"Artistic and well played - Jeff Bratton, CASCINE”

Flowers For Hesse is out 6/29 via Beauty and Silence Recordings