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Kwaidan by Meitei gets a vinyl release through Evening Chants Label

Evening Chants release Kwaidan by Meitei on vinyl for the very first time.

Evening Chants is a contemporary electronic label from Singapore. They present strange and unknown musical explorations on small run cassettes. Soon the label will be releasing their very first vinyl, “Kwaidan / 怪談” by Meitei. In essence, it is a Japanese horror folklore transposed into an ambient fever dream.

Kwaidan / 怪談

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Kwaidan (怪談) is a style of Japanese ghost stories. Meitei took it as a challenge of his skill as a musician to transpose the folklore into intricate compositions, capturing this lost “Japanese mood”. To begin with, Koizumi Yakumo (小泉八雲) is an important figure in the Japanese literary world, known for his legends and ghost stories. He left the world leaving a masterpiece called Kwaidan, heavily inspiring Meitei’s direction of the album. Particularly the tracks “Sazanami”, “Curio”, “Shoji” and “Mushiro” are seen as a nod and tribute to his work.

At the same time, Meitei’s other influences include manga author Mizuki Shigeru (水木しげる) and the legendary Hayao Miyzaki of Studio Ghibli. Evidently, with this very eclectic mix of influences, the album Kwaidan not only possesses an obvious horror element but also comedy, sentimentality and sorrow. By all means take the time to listen to excerpts from the album here.

Introducing: Meitei

Meitei (冥丁) is a Japanese artist from Hiroshima, who started out as a freelance composer, making various kinds of music across genres. Having done it for 8 years, his goal was to eventually release his own original music as an artist. Living in Kyoto for the past two years has deeply influenced his current sound, which is a focus on musically crafting a “Japanese mood” called Meitei (冥丁) (thus, his name). Rich in history, Meitei wanted to borrow this lost “Japanese mood” and incorporate a contemporary spin on it.

Then this led to the creation of Kwaidan (怪談), which was released in 2018. The album, with its unique sound, was met with a lot of attention from critics such as The Wire, A Closer Listen, Tiny Mix Tapes. In fact Pitchfork named Kwaidan as one of the best experimental albums of 2018.

At last Evening Chants will be releasing Kwaidan (怪談) on 12″ vinyl (Limited to 500 copies), mastered by Taylor Deupree, and Cassette (second press) – with special shell print and OBI strip (Limited to 300 copies). The first run of Kwaidan (怪談) tapes sold out almost instantly. So head over here as soon as you can to pre-order your copy and check out the included artwork and track list below for your reference.

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Tracklist

1. Sazanami / 漣
2. Curio / 骨董
3. Touba / 塔婆
4. Jizo / 地蔵
5. Aoyagi / 青柳
6. Mōryō / 魍魎
7. Sankai / 山怪
8. Shoji / 障子
9. Mushiro / 筵
10. Tsukumo / 九十九 (Bonus Track)