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ASPHODEL
Aokigahara, The Black Sea Of Trees
LP / LP + CD / DELUXE (Red vinyl)
22/26/80
Invisible Birds 08 / USA / 2015
Aokigahara, The Black Sea Of Trees is an abstract visual and sonic story-telling which takes place in a forest located in mount Fuji, Japan. The forest of Aokigahara, has a world-wide fame for the thousands of suicides which took place there and now has an almost mythological statue. The auditory side of this album can be related to musical genres such as ambient and drone, but also of importance to this album is film and film abstraction; the experience of light moving in time, as for example the work of Stan Brakhage. An audio story-telling which derives from the contrast between dark and intense sounds to more delicate and quiet auditory landscapes, where the sense of an intrinsic lament is always present, and stepping into the oblivion gets distilled into pure sensation, that of belonging to life and hope. Asphodel puts an emphasis on the romantic, that of life relived through the forest.