UPDATE: JUNE 21st, 2018:
Thanks to the staff at Kickstarter for singling us out as a “Project We Love”! And extra big thanks to everyone who has pledged their support and gotten us this far!
We have some time left before the clock runs out, so we've created some additional targets to shoot for that would enable us to make the album even more elaborate…!
• ( ! ) - REACHED! - If we reach $7000- USD in pledges, we'll press both albums on colored vinyl for all Kickstarter supporters.
• ( ! ) - REACHED! - If we reach $8000- USD in pledges, we can master an additional track for Side 4 of the vinyl 2xLP: "Levhorm (Piano Version)"! On this alternate version, keyboardist Taku Yabuki plays piano instead of organ. The song totals over 9 minutes and would bring the running time of the vinyl up to 71 minutes!
• ( ! ) - REACHED! - If we reach $9000- USD in pledges, we can include a full color poster insert in the 2xLP!
• ( ! ) - REACHED! - If we reach $9500- USD in pledges, we can make the poster insert "double-sided", with the flip side printed in color as well!
• ( ! ) - REACHED! - If we reach $10000- USD in pledges, then once “Dhorimviska” is completed, we’ll begin pre-production on a vinyl release of Koenjihyakkei's previous album “Angherr Shisspa”. "Angherr Shisspa" will be offered for sale direct from SKiN GRAFT Records in 2019. In appreciation, we will send everyone who has pledged on a physical reward during this campaign a full-color, double-sided "Angherr Shisspa” poster!
Please visit the update tab for more news and to stream an entire song from the LP! All of the original info on our campaign is below!
Koenjihyakkei "Dhorimviskha" Gatefold Double Vinyl LP (16 Days Only!)
"I'm probably going out on a limb here, but from my vantage point, this is not only the most brilliant of all of contemporary Japanese bands, but perhaps the greatest group currently operating in the world." - Alternative Press
"KOENJIHYAKKEI is a unique concept for Tatsuya Yoshida (of the renowned bass and drum duo RUINS), and it may go down as his greatest achievement: the most perfect fusion of straight prog, the avant-garde and hardcore punk. Amen." - Pitchfork
"Some bands you just have to hear. Japan's KOENJIHYAKKEI (aka Koenji Hyakkei aka 高円寺百景 aka Hundred Sights of Koenji) are just such a band. Headed by vocalist / composer / drummer extraordinaire Tatsuya Yoshida and emboldened by overcharged reeds, glittery keyboards and a soaring front-woman speaking in somersaulting tongues, KOENJIHYAKKEI blend progressive rock, jazz fusion, symphonic rock and neoclassicism with the energy of hardcore punk, the volume of metal and the attitude of rock in opposition."
Hi Everyone - My name is Mark and I'm the founder of SKiN GRAFT Records. The video up top is just a sample of the 62 minutes of music KOENJIHYAKKEI have recorded for "Dhorimvishka", their first new album since 2005's "Angherr Shisspa". (Note: the music heard on the video is not an actual track from the album. It's a digest version, mixed together from brief snippets of each of the album's seven songs.)
Historically Koenjihyakkei's albums have always been issued on Compact Disc - and "Dhorimviskha" will continue in this tradition. However, in recent years, SKiN GRAFT has issued 12" vinyl LPs of Tatusya Yoshida's Sax RUINS and RUINS Alone albums alongside the CDs... but this time, things are bit more complicated.
Due to "Dhorimvishka's" length, the sound quality would be greatly compromised if all 62 minutes were squeezed onto just two sides of a single Vinyl LP.
For over a quarter century, SKiN GRAFT has released albums from truly unique artists - such as YOWIE, CHEER-ACCIDENT, U.S. MAPLE, MELT-BANANA, DAZZLING KILLMEN and Yoshida's own bass and drum duo RUINS. Unfortunately, despite all of the "vinyl comeback" hype, we've seen declines in the demand for physical formats of music year after year - so much so that many albums have not yet recouped their initial manufacturing and origination expenses.
So that's where you come in. All of the songs have been recorded, mixed and mastered - and the album is already being scheduled for release digitally and on compact disc - but if you would like to own "Dhorimviskha" in a slick, deluxe Gatefold Sleeved Double Vinyl LP edition, here is your chance to help make that happen.
"Dhormimviskha" is tentatively scheduled for release worldwide (outside of Japan) in August of 2018 - and if our Kickstarter campaign is successful - we will be targeting an October release date for the vinyl edition.
To reward supporters for helping to fund the album, we are not only offering the finished 2xLP as a reward, but also offering digital downloads, the CD edition, a live DVD (which includes live performances of two songs on the upcoming album), two different compilations of SKiN GRAFT recording artists - and even the aforementioned RUINS Alone and Sax RUINS albums. If you choose a bundle that includes a download code of the album, we'll send the code to our kickstarter supporters long before the official release date.
KOENJIHYAKKEI "Dhorimviska" Gatefold Double LP
The LPs will be packaged in dual-pocket, Hi-Gloss Gatefold Jackets featuring "Fugaku Sanju-Rokkei" collage artwork designed by Tatsuya Yoshida. The "Dhormimviskha" vinyl set will also include a collectible LP-sized OBI, a Kickstarter exclusive, individually numbered insert - and the entire package will be secured in a resealable, crystal clear polybag. And since Koenjihyakkei's music is sung in a unique language of their own invention - lyrics will be included with every copy.
01 VLEZTEMTRAIV (tt: 10:19 )
02 LEVHORM (tt: 09:11)
03 ZJINDHAIQ (tt: 07:32)
04 PHLESSTTIGHAS (tt: 06:22)
05 DJEBELAKI ZOMN (tt: 09:49)
06 PALBETH TISSILAQ (tt: 06:09)
07 DHORIMVISKHA (tt: 11:47)
KOENJIHYAKKEI "Dhorimviska" CD
A glass mastered Compact Disc version of the album, packaged in a deluxe, six panel, Hi-Gloss fold-out Jacket. Lyrics will also be included.
KOENJIHYAKKEI "Dhorimviska" Digital Download
Available for download in the MP3, FLAC, ALAC (Apple Lossless), AAC, Ogg Vorbis, WAV and AIFF formats, with streaming provided by Bandcamp.
SKiN GRAFT Records "Circle Logo" Vinyl Sticker
Coming in at an all together appropriate size of 2.5 inches
KOENJIHYAKKEI "Live at Koenji High" DVD
Filmed fresh off of their European tour with multiple cameras and excellent sound. Includes two new songs from the upcoming album. Packaged in a standard DVD case with wraparound cover art. All Region NTSC DVD - plays worldwide (Total Time: 65 minutes).
SAX RUINS "Blimmguass" Colored Vinyl LP/CD
Sax RUINS´ latest album “Blimmguass” features an original composition commissioned by New York's Asphalt Orchestra - which had it´s worldwide premiere in a live performance at the Lincoln Center.
RUINS Alone "Self-Titled" Colored Vinyl LP/CD
Debut album from RUINS Alone, 20 tracks - plus three bonus tracks (included on the CD and as a free download in the LP), featuring all new compositions, as well as new recordings of classic RUINS songs sporting new arrangements.
CAMP SKiN GRAFT "Now Wave" Compilation Digital Download
Rare & exclusive tracks from 33 bands - including Brise-Glace (Jim O'Rourke), Zeni Geva, Dazzling Killmen, Bobby Conn, The Flying Luttenbachers, Cheer- Accident, The Scissor Girls, Quintron, UFO Or Die (Eye & Yoshimi of Boredoms), U.S. Maple, The Denison Kimball Trio (Duane of The Jesus Lizard and Jim of Mule), Omoide Hatoba - plus Ruins and Akaten - both featuring Tatsuya Yoshida.
SKiN GRAFT Sampler "The Blue Ghost Party Favor" Digital Download
21 tracks! Download also includes a digital PDF comic insert featuring Gumballhead The Cat. Both compilations available for download in the MP3, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, WAV and AIFF formats, with streaming provided by Bandcamp.
Koenjihyakkei 高円寺百景 is:
Tatsuya Yoshida (drums / vocals)
Kengo Sakamoto (bass / vocals)
Kei Koganemaru (guitar / vocals)
Taku Yabuki (keyboads)
Keiko Komori (saxophone)
- If we reach $7000- USD in pledges, we can press both albums on colored vinyl for all Kickstarter supporters.
- If we reach $8000- USD in pledges, we can master an additional track for Side 4 of the Vinyl 2xLP - "Levhorm (Piano Version)". On this alternate version, Taku Yabuki plays piano instead of organ on the track.
- Additional Stretch Goals involving a Full Color Poster insert and a potential vinyl release of the band’s previous LP "Angherr Shisspa" will be announced if we reach the funding goals.
Pictured below are a few examples of other 12" Vinyl packages released by SKiN GRAFT Records:
DAZZLING KILLMEN "Face Of Collapse: Special Edition" 2xLP&Book
U.S. MAPLE "Long Hair In Three Stages" Metal sleeved LP
CHEER-ACCIDENT "Salad Days : Trading Balloons" LP
YOWIE "Synchromysticism" LP
Mark Fischer, Tatsuya Yoshida
and all of Koenjihyakkei 高円寺百景
Risks and challenges
The band and I appreciate that funding a campaign such as this requires a bit of a leap of faith. Every project comes with its own unique risks and challenges - and the vinyl manufacturing process can be fraught with delays - but between the various band members and the Label, we have shepherded hundreds of albums through to release. If the community sees us through to a successfully funded campaign, we'll do our best to meet or exceed everyone's expectations.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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