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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. 』

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


『coconoe (ココノエ)の、自粛期間中から制作した2ndアルバム。




– 高山 奈帆子 takayama naoko

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

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

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


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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