Nº 4 twilight – haruka nakamura

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  • ►    ベランダにて
  • ►    faraway
  • ►    光景
  • ►    dialogo
  • ►    音楽のある風景
  • ►    twilight (Feat. April Lee)
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  • ►    The Light (Feat. Janis Crunch)
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CATALOGUE NO.
KI-004R

GENRE
Contemporary Classical,
Ambient, Jazz

FORMAT
CD + Artbook
Digital

SPECIFICATION
14.0 x 13.5 x 0.8cm, 48-page hardcover book, offset printed, full color on uncoated paper

RELEASE DATE
15 July 2010

EDITION
10,000

“From the car window, a view of street lamps atop the hill. The lighthouse keeper feeds the bonfire with firewood.”

Originally released in 2010, haruka nakamura’s second solo album “twilight”  established him as one of the most vital and successful independent artists in Japan. 3 years since the original release, “twilight” is now reissued in a newly packaged CD edition with a special inclusion of 3 bonus download tracks.

The album refines the lyrical, pastoral imagery that inspired his first album “grace”. Recorded in a studio overlooking the ocean as a tribute to the sight of the expiring sun falling slowly over the horizon at dusk, “twilight” is a sustained reverie that mirrors the dwindling rays of light at day’s end with its subtle variations in timbre and texture.

The brassy shimmer of ARAKI Shin’s sax opens the first track “Yuube no Inori” (M1), swelling languidly as the orchestra slowly unfurls around it like a resplendent sunset.

Throughout the album, haruka nakamura coaxes a startling range of tonal colour out of piano phrases that twinkle, patter and shuffle through a variety of compositions and tempos – the gentle march of “harmonie du soir”; the somnolent haze of “On the Verandah” (M6) punctuated by drowsy stutters and cicadas muttering all around you; the reverberations of your languishing pulse as night starts to fall in “faraway”. isao saito’s sensitive percussion offers subdued but confident support throughout – dwindling to a hush as the fading rays of the sun dissipate in the crisp night air.

The middle of the album – “Koukei” (M8) and “dialogo”, in particular – wanders off on a short jaunt into looser, ethereal territory. The furtive meandering of the soprano saxophone by akira uchida, roving itinerant chords, airy percussion and carefully-spaced sustain and release of the pedal are reminiscent of acoustic ambient jazz of ECM. Closing the album, however, are two melody-driven vocal tracks: “twilight”, a gentle flicker of a ballad that rises and ebbs with April Lee’s (aspidistrafly) fluttering, half-whispered vocals, and Janis crunch’s acoustic arpeggio-driven elegy in tribute to the dwindling of “The Light”.

PRESS

“静かな音の広がりの中に、物語や、光の移り変わり、匂いを感じられる豊かな楽曲たち。haruka nakamuraの作品を通じて、「音楽」のさらなる深みを覗けたような気がする.”

— limArt / 中島佑介, Japan

“A symphonic poem, between contemporary classical and ECM-jazz. A remarkable sonic experiment.”

— Tokafi, Germany

“Haruka Nakamura’s first taste of greatness. Difficult to resist” 8/10

— The Silent Ballet, USA

“Some of the most beautiful music in the world.”

— Headphone Commute, USA

ABOUT THE ARTIST

haruka nakamura

haruka nakamura is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Tokyo, Japan. While growing up in the snowy hills of Aomori, haruka learned to play piano and guitar on his own…

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