After the enthusiastically acclaimed release on Tokyo's legendary P.S.F. label, hailed as a return to the ancient spirit of Japanese national poetry, PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST simply demonstrate there's anything else like their music around the world right now. The trio of Ramona Ponzini (Praxinoscope, Z'ev, Black Magic Disco) with Roberto & Maurizio Opalio (aka My Cat Is An Alien) returns on planet Earth for a new full length release of extended songs. PPOPG create some wonderfully fragile and unusual experiments that fall somewhere between folk, psychedelia and drone. Ramona Ponzini sings in Japanese as well as contributing furin, metal and wooden Japanese wind chimes. These are combined with Maurizio Opalio on acoustic guitar, and Roberto Opalio on mini keyboard, bodhran, alientronics, and wordless vocalizations. The trio's eclectic setup helps them create some truly luscious and mysterious music that is perfectly fragile, strange, distant and delicate.
You already had a little taste of the work in October 2011, when Blackest Rainbow Records released a limited and now sold-out LP edition featuring 2 tracks of the album ('Mars Appears' and 'The Mountain'), presented here in an alternate mix version. This CD contains the whole recording session of the work entitled 'Transparent Winter', including 33 minutes of previously unreleased material ('Notes From A Telephone Conversation', 'Winter Is Coming', 'Ochitsubaki'), plus a bonus ghost track, for a total of 80 minutes of entranced music! While the short, final track 'Ochitsubaki' is still inspired by Yosano Akiko's poetic work, the entire rest of the work features lyrics excerpts from Takamura Kōtarō's poems carefully selected by Ramona Ponzini.
"Otherworldly is maybe the most apt description for their fragile, distanced songcraft, compositions which transport us to liminal fantasy spaces of gently suspenseful psychedelia, strangely inviting and comforting trance-like states". (Boomkat)
released May 10, 2012
Ramona Ponzini - vocals, Japanese wind chimes, bells, and hand wooden percussion
Maurizio Opalio - acoustic and classical guitars
Roberto Opalio - mini-keyboard, alientronics, bodhran, wordless vocalizations on 4
Tracks 1-4 recorded July 16-18, 2010, Alien Zone studio, Western Alps.
Lyrics: excerpts from Takamura Kōtarō's poems selected by Ramona Ponzini.
Track 5 recorded January the 1st, 2009, Alien Zone studio, Western Alps.
Lyrics by Ramona Ponzini, inspired by Yosano Akiko's poetic work.
Cover art - black&white film photo taken by Ramona Ponzini in Kanazawa, Japan
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