Based in Singapore by way of Tokyo, KITCHEN. LABEL is home to forward-thinking artists who straddle the ground between various strains of ambient and experimental-pop music. Launched in 2008 by Ricks Ang (one half of the duo known as ASPIDISTRAFLY), the record label provides a platform for artists to create imagery through music and sound, matched with distinctive artistic visions via finely packaged editions.
The label’s artists share a similar obsession with sensuous, fleeting phenomena. They create painterly sound collages that mimic the shifting play of light and shadow fluttering across a wall, the surging and expiring of the sun’s resplendent rays at dusk, or the shimmer and drone of throngs of cicadas on a sultry afternoon. These deceptively simple metaphors, however, belie the feats of engineering that have gone into crafting them. KITCHEN. LABEL’s artists weave new instrumentation and musical forms together into sensitive arrangements that unravel languidly and deliberately through a time and space that seems to quiver more tremulously than our own.