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A Halo of Light One Day

by coconoe - ココノエ

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about

『It's distorted and strange, but it has a warm roundness. Collecting our precious days and pieces of sound. This is ambient pop art that no one knows!!』

『The glass shakes, the cat snorts, the pencil slides on the paper ...
In addition to instruments such as piano, bass, percussion, cello, and arraymbira (rare instruments in Japan), the music is colored by the pieces of sound that are found in everyday life.
These organic sounds which are carefully woven one by one give playfulness and vitality for the seemingly chic ambient sound, and they excite people to listen.
Then the melody that traces the heart and the mysterious harmony, the rhythm that rolls like a living thing and the innocent singing voice, all harmonize like an abstract painting.
The world of sounds and Japanese lyrics drawn in this way are gentle, painful, and somewhat simple, as if it connects the human activities on the ground with "something" that exists in the vast universe. 』

■Profile
The origins of the name "coconoe" lie in the Japanese terms: “九重” (Kokono-e, literally “ninefold”, meaning “to pile up”) and "個々の絵” (Koko-no-e, which means “the pictures drawn by individual people"). A union of these homophones, their namesake represents a place where “individually-drawn paintings overlap and become one sound and world”. As such, each member of coconoe brings to the table a unique essence which exquisitely blends together to establish a refreshingly avant-garde genre described as "ambient pop art".

- takayama naoko -
vocals, lyrics, small percussion, videowork, artwork, costume, direction, etc.
a bit of a wild child with a silly and clumsy side.

A singer and lyricist based in Kyoto, Japan.
Rooted in a childhood love of movies and movie soundtracks, Takayama cites a variety of Western music influences including pop, R&B ,and jazz. Through art, she expresses connections between emotion, music, and scenery.
In 2006, she made her debut through major record label BMG JAPAN (currently Sony Music) as one half of the vocal piano unit "Fonogenico".
In 2010, she made her second major debut from POLYSTAR RECORDS with her solo project "Carneiro”, which received critical acclaim for its scenic lyricism and Takayama’s soft yet powerful "pop singer sound" against a sophisticated backtrack.
Takayama has released six original CDs (including her duo and solo projects) and has worked on various collaborations, including providing a track for the ending theme of a TV program.
takayama naoko Official Website : carne-iro.com

- kita kouhei -
composition, arrangement, percussion, arraymbira, kalimba, videowork, artwork, etc.
a self-paced cat fanatic

A musician and percussionist based in Kyoto, Japan.
An artist who builds one-of-a-kind soundscapes through unique musical sense and sublime rhythmic prowess, Kita’s work is a product of his many years of playing piano since childhood, the percussive mastery he cultivated through years of experience as a studio musician, and the aesthetic sensitivity nurtured via a longtime love of paintings.
His first album “endless cycle of rebirth" was released in 2015, followed by his 2nd album "akashic records" in 2016, which was released with the LANTERN label of the NATURE BLISS group in over ten countries across Europe, North America, South America, and Asia.
His third album "Imbalance Order And World" (2017) and fourth album "Head Towards The Horizon Of Sandy Sea" (2018) were released through renowned electronic music label PROGRESSIVE FOrM.

kita kouhei Official Website : kita-kouhei.net

- shingo mimura -
composition, arrangement, piano, upright bass, electric bass, guitars etc.
a hard-working gentle giant

A musician, pianist, and bass player from and based in Kobe, Japan.
After graduating from music school with honors, Mimura initially seasoned his musicianship through sessions with other musicians as a session bassist primarily in the Kansai region. He later demonstrated his multifaceted musical talent, providing music for theater and video advertisement, producing, and working as a music director. His musical production is characterized by a visceral quality achieved through striking melodies and large-scale arrangements.
In 2018, he released his first full album "Heart Sky Door”, a culminant collection and the first under his own name, through renowned electronic music label PROGRESSIVE FOrM.
shingo mimura Official Website : shingo-mimura.com

『いびつで不思議、だけどあたたかなまるみを帯びている。わたしたちの大切な日々と音のカケラをあつめて。誰も知らないアンビエント・ポップアート!』

『グラスが揺れる、猫が喉を鳴らす、鉛筆が紙を滑る…
ピアノ・ベース・パーカッション・チェロ・アレイムビラ(日本に数台の珍しい楽器)などの生楽器に加え、その音楽を彩るのは、日常の中にある音のカケラたち。ひとつひとつ丁寧に織り込まれた、有機的なそれらの音は、一見シックなアンビエントサウンドに遊び心と生命力を与え、聴く者をワクワクさせてくれる。そして、心なぞる旋律と不思議なハーモニー、生き物の如く転がるリズムとイノセントな歌声、全てが抽象画のように調和していく。
こうして描かれたサウンドと日本語の詞の世界は、優しく、切なく、どこか素朴で、地上に立つ人間の営みと広大な宇宙に存在する「何か」を結んでいるかのよう。』

■Profile

『coconoe』の由来は日本語の『九重』、もう一つの読み方は『個々の絵』。
「個々に描く絵が、幾重にもかさなって、ひとつの音と世界になっていく」という両方の意味を込めた命名のとおり、メンバーそれぞれの持ち味が絶妙に溶け合い、他に類を見ないアンビエントポップアートともいうべき新ジャンルを確立している。

– 高山 奈帆子 takayama naoko -
ボーカル・作詞・打楽器小物・美術・映像・アートワーク・衣装・演出などを担当。
ドジでのろまで破天荒。

京都在住の歌手、作詞家。
小さい頃から映画好きで、そのサウンドトラックから洋楽に興味を持ち、POPS・R&B・JAZZなど様々な音楽に影響を受け、感情と音楽と情景の繋がりを表現するアーティスト。
2006年にボーカル・ピアノユニット“Fonogenico(フォノジェニコ)”でBMG JAPAN(現SonyMusic)よりメジャーデビュー。
2010年にソロ・プロジェクト”カルネイロ”でPOLYSTAR RECORDSより再度メジャーデビューし、洗練されたバックトラックに、情景の浮かぶ歌詞、柔らかくも力強い”歌モノサウンド”が高い評価を得る。これまでに前デュオ・ソロ合わせてオリジナルCD6枚をリリースし、番組エンディングテーマなど様々なタイアップに起用される。
高山 奈帆子 公式ウェブサイト : carne-iro.com

– 北 航平 kita kouhei -
作曲・編曲・パーカッション全般・アレイムビラ・カリンバ・映像・アートワークなどを担当。
強迫神経症気味のマイペースなB型猫廃人。

京都出身在住の音楽家、打楽器奏者。
幼少の頃より親しんだピアノ、長年スタジオミュージシャンとして培った打楽器の技術、常に一緒に過ごしてきた絵画の美的感性を駆使し、類い稀な才能の音楽的センスと卓越したリズムメイキングにより唯一無二の音風景を創造するアーティスト。
2015年に1stアルバム『endless cycle of rebirth(輪廻)』、2016年に2ndアルバム『akashic records(アカシックレコード)』をNATURE BLISSグループのLANTERNレーベルより、ヨーロッパ・北アメリカ・南アメリカ・アジア圏など世界10カ国以上でリリース。
2017年に3rdアルバム『Imbalance Order And World(不均衡の秩序と世界)』、2018年に4th『Head Towards The Horizon Of Sandy Sea(砂の海の水平線へ向かう)』を電子音楽の名門PROGRESSIVE FOrMよりリリース。
北 航平 公式ウェブサイト : kita-kouhei.net

– ミムラ シンゴ shingo mimura -
作曲・編曲・ピアノ・アップライトベース・エレクトリックベースなどを担当。
真面目で少々堅物な心優しい大型草食動物。

神戸出身在住の音楽家、ベース・ピアノ奏者。
音楽専門学校を特待生で卒業、在学中より関西を中心にセッションベーシストとして数多くのミュージシャン等とセッションを重ね、その後演劇、広告映像作品への楽曲提供、プロデュース業、音楽監督などマルチな才能を発揮し、印象的なメロディとスケールの大きなアレンジによる映像的な描写の楽曲制作を特徴とするアーティスト。
2018年に、集大成であり自身名義としては初となる荘厳なる1stフルアルバム『Heart Sky Door(空のすきまに扉はひらく)』を電子音楽の名門PROGRESSIVE FOrMよりリリース。
ミムラ シンゴ 公式ウェブサイト : shingo-mimura.com

credits

released December 6, 2019

all tracks produced by coconoe

takayama naoko : vocal, chorus
kita kouhei : drums, arraymbira, kalimba, and all percussions
shingo mimura : piano, upright bass, electric bass, guitar

except : cello by sasuke mori on 3, 4, and 8 track
purring sound by cello-cat on 8 track
chorus by saori tsutsumi on 9 track

recorded at studio guzli, kyoto and akari records, kobe 2018-2019
mixed by kita kouhei and shingo mimura
mastered by shingo mimura

translated by alison watts and yoichiro tachibana
artwork drawing by unno atsutaka
artwork design by kita kouhei

released by neuf

coconoe Official Website : coco-noe.net

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neuf is a Kyoto and Kobe,Japan based ambient/electronica/pop/post-classical music label established as an individual label of "coconoe" and members' other projects.

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