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The Dolphins’ Long Dream

by coconoe - ココノエ

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elinch Great album. Like wind blowing small particles across the landscape. Favorite track: The Dolphins’ Long Dream – イルカは長い夢をみる.
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『Like 57 minutes of immersion in soft water. Open the "inner door" of your heart and connect with the world. 』

『coconoe's second album, produced during lockdown due to the COVID-19 global pandemic
Familiar mundanities such as the sound of glass, floating Japanese lyricism, soft muted piano, unique tones distorted via cassette-tape, plucks on the rare arraymbira (one of only few in Japan)... a meeting place of these, The Dolphins’ Long Dream encompasses a nostalgia with an ineffable sense of security and a hint of sad longing.
Furthermore, this work encapsulates the very atmosphere and the serendipitous essence of improvisation. The overall experience resembles that of breathing itself.
Along with the loose length of each song and a gentle sustenance, the album is enveloped by a ubiquitous je ne sais quoi that will surely put your heart at ease.

While everyday life is no longer easy, if you gently creak open the "inner door" of your heart, you will find a place that connects you to the wider world.
A testament to the power of music, this album makes one reminiscent of all that we experience as one with nature: from the seasons, to memories, to richness of life. What is it that you need to live? What is your top priority? Amid such musings, where it is easy to drown out trifling music, it is our hope that you can immerse your mind and body in our sound. 』

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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

『まるで柔らかい水に身を浸すかのような57分間。心の『内なる扉』を開放し世界とつながる。』

『coconoe (ココノエ)の、自粛期間中から制作した2ndアルバム。
グラスの音など生活から生まれる聞き覚えのある音のカケラたちと、漂うような日本語詞、柔らかなミュートピアノ、テープを使った独特の歪んだ音色、日本に数台のレア楽器アレイムビラ…その全てが、なんとも言えない安心感と少しの切なさを含んだノスタルジーとなって佇んでいます。加えて今作は即興的演奏のその場の空気や偶然も捉えてパッケージ。呼吸を感じる仕上がりとなりました。1曲ずつのゆったりした長さ、優しい持続音と共に全曲を通して存在している大きく包み込む何かが、きっとすんなりと身を委ねさせてくれます。

簡単ではなくなった日常だけど、心の『内なる扉』をそっとひらけば、実は広い世界と繋がった場所がある。自然と共にめぐる季節・想い出・豊かな生命がそこにあることを思い出させてくれる、そんな音楽の力が感じられるアルバム。生きるために何が必要か、何が最優先か、そんな問いの中でささやかな音楽など、掻き消されてしまいがちな今、ただただ、この音に心とからだを浸してみて欲しいのです。』

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『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 November 13, 2020

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 :
crunchy sound by : cello the cat (track 1)
chorus by : saori tsutsumi (track 3)
chorus by : tano shiro (track 3)

recorded at studio guzli, kyoto and akari records, kobe 2019-2020
mixed by : kita kouhei
mastered by : shingo mimura

translated by : alison watts (tracks 2&3, and all titles)
and marian kinoshita (track 1)
translation support by : 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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