Release Date: 15th July 2016
The second album from Japanese sonic artist manabu shimada, pieces for her, is a showcase of his creative work whilst living in Europe.
Inhabiting a space between classical and experimental, the album has a strict rule within composition – to use only four organic sound sources to structure the simple melody lines and calculated rhythmic patterns:
Piano, White Noise, Sine Waves and Field Recorded Noise.
“I’ve been helped so much by people precious to me who have supported my life and work so far…this album was composed with them in mind. I have a strong belief that within my work, certain limitations raise my creative ability. The four sources used on this album reflect this idea.” — manabu shimada
The organic compositions develop across the album, tranquil soundscapes draw the listener in as piano melodies and rhythmic patterns shift the mood to compelling and invigorating, evoking composers such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass. An album that is not only accessible, but totally absorbing.
“no matter how many times I listen to it, always seems to be changing in some small way”
— Experimental Portland
pieces for her no. 1
pieces for her no. 2
pieces for her no. 3
pieces for her no. 4
pieces for her no. 5
pieces for her no. 6
pieces for her no. 7
pieces for her no. 8
pieces for her no. 9
The digital version comes with an additional track — pieces for her no. 6.2
Heavyweight black vinyl
Screen printed cover and outer mylar sleeve
Free album download with every vinyl purchase
Copies 1-50 are deluxe numbered editions. Each of these come with printed lyric sheets (in Japanese and English) and a carefully made book featuring exclusive imagery. Select ‘Deluxe’ from the menu above.
Release — This album has been pressed on heavyweight black vinyl with the cover and outer sleeve screen-printed in Portland, OR. The deluxe edition’s lyric sheets and book have also been the locally produced, and the whole package carefully put together by hand.
Gifting – For just $5 extra, we can add a hand-written note, wrap the vinyl, and post to another address (with receipt sent to you). Select the ‘Gift’ option from the menu above.
Postage — US: vinyl ships via USPS media mail (2-5 days) // International: email for precise cost.