Hontatedori 'Konata Kanata' LP

Hontatedori 'Konata Kanata' LP

‘Konata Kanata’ is the Tokyo-based trio Hontatedori’s second release, following their self-titled debut LP from 2013 on the Japanese Compare Notes label. Taku Unami, Moé Kamura and Tetuzi Akiyama are better known as solo performers and in their numerous collaborations than they are in this unique, lovely trio - at least until now.
Hontatedori places Kamura’s wonderfully delicate voice amidst the mercurial two-guitar landscape of Unami and Akiyama in crystalline settings of aphoristic song. The group describes their pieces as originating in monophonic compositions by Unami that gesture eccentrically toward medieval plainchant: “Originally their music sounded like covert and whispering folk music, however, they’ve come to the sound of quiet funkiness and cold psychedelia.” Some listeners might liken them to a dialled-back, considerably more reserved version of various Dagmar Krause-led groups such as Slapp Happy and the Art Bears given their erasure of separation between art and pop song.
The eighteen exquisite minutes of ‘Konata Kanata’ (‘Here There’, in a slightly antiquated Japanese word choice) hearken back to the golden age of unclassifiable post punk 12” EPs, in which at a certain point all that you might know of a particular group consists of rigorously vetted representative pieces but also to miniatures - tantalizing scraps of song - that are one of the legacies of musical modernism.
Taku Unami’s work is influenced by science fiction, supernatural horror and weird fiction. He’s the composer of film scores for directors including Isao Okishima and Takeshi Furusawa and has collaborated with, among others, Annette Krebs, Radu Malfatti, Jean- Luc Guionnet, Jarrod Fowler and Graham Lambkin.
Moé Kamura began her career performing in plays and films and singing her own songs at live music venues. After a career break she has collaborated with numerous musicians; she is also a member of Taku Sugimoto and Moé Kamura and Hotorapikara.
Tetuzi Akiyama is a widely revered guitarist whose many recordings include solo works and improvisations with Jozef van Wissem, Toshimaru Nakamura, Taku Sugimoto, Alan Licht, Günter Müller and Donald McPherson, among many others.


Catalogue number: BC30

Condition: New

Label: Blue Chopsticks