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Paper Area 04:39
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Artefact 03:41
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Boundary 04:24
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Melody Tomb is the first album in a new collaboration between Tokyo artist Teruyuki Kurihara and London drone pop band The Leaf Library.  

The nine tracks here have in common a metallic hum and a minimal, austere kind of beauty that recalls Teru’s work on his 2020 Frozen Dust album (Mille Plateaux). Machine tones mix with static, noise and warm drones, whilst in other places the lineage of classic mangled Warp hardware is visible. 

In March 2020 The Leaf Library sent their friend Teru a batch of synth drones to play with in the hope a new collaboration would be born. 

“From the first time we heard Teru’s music we knew we wanted to make something with him,” says the band. “It has been such a pleasure seeing him take our minimal synth parts and turn them into something really strange and beautiful.”

The track Kite Beach was the first to arrive, featuring on The Leaf Library-curated Object Ten compilation on Objects Forever in 2021, with the rest of the album slowly appearing over the last year. 

The artists hope to continue the collaboration with another album in the near future. 

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released March 25, 2022

Teruyuki Kurihara is a music producer and artist from Japan born in 1979. He started his electronic solo project Cherry in 2007 after playing in some bands. The Alex EP was released in 2009 by the Four: Twenty label based in Bristol. He has released more music on a number of labels, from home and abroad (including Blue Tapes and Organic Industries). 

He has spent time between 2012-2014 living and playing live in Australia, Thailand, England, and Germany, experiences that inspired him to begin his art practice. 

His style has been described as ’marvellous and elaborate lines in minimal design’. He has been part of group exhibitions in Berlin, before returning to Japan and making illustrations for Tomoki Tamura’s Holic Trax.  In addition he has exhibited and made live paintings at festivals including Re:birth and Rural. He has recently been expanding his artistic horizons including both music and drawing art.

In 2020, he released Frozen Dust, a full-length album on Mille Plateaux inspired by nature, particularly the cycles of "destruction and creation"; characterised by industrial and experimental music cast in minimalist fashion.

The Leaf Library are a north London band playing experimental dream-like music built on layers of chiming guitars, pulsing electronics, noise and looping drones. They have released three studio albums (Daylight Versions, About Minerals and The World Is A Bell) through Where It’s At Is Where You Are, as well a number of electronic and experimental albums and EPs, remix compilations and long form tracks. 

They have released five Monument CDRs; an on-going series of experimental solo and side projects on their Objects Forever imprint. The band have collaborated with musicians as diverse as singer Ed Dowie, noise group Far Rainbow and Iskra Strings, and have provided music for a number of exhibitions, films and performances

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