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Artist: ASO, AI
Title: Chamomile Pool Show
Format: DVD
Label: Archive
Country: USA
Price: $21.00
"A quickly happening DVD release from Tokyo artist AI ASO, whose probably most well know outside of Japan for appearing on MICHIO KURIHARAs solo CDs and handling the B side of a lavishly packaged 2007 split 7-inch with WATA from BORIS fame. The Chamomile Pool DVD documents concert footage from Ai Aso from 2007 in Tokyo. Hypnotically delicate, angelic and minimal in structure Ai, accompanied by her band, and with guest appearances by Wata and Kurihara, for a portion, craft her unique blend of songwriting and psychedelic musicianship. Offset printed DVD disc face comes housed in a heavy stock die-cut letterpress printed cover. Pressing of 600 copies." -Archive

Artist: ASO, AI
Title: Lone
Format: LP
Label: Ideologic Organ
Country: France
Price: $21.00
"Tokyos Ai Aso is a Japanese psychedelic pop singer-songwriter whose work has a whisper-thin acid-folk quality to it. She started performing as a solo singer around 2000. Her solo work, infrequent collaborations with White Heaven members You Ishihara and Michio Kurihara, Yurayura Teikoku, and Boris bring a level of fragility and hypnotism to the stage, recalling lost memories, small flavors of Coil, and serial playing on the verge of evaporation. As for her recent activities, she has performed on bills together with Sunn O))), Boris, Masaki Batoh (Ghost), Touri Kudoh, Kim Doo Soo, Mark Fry, Simon Finn, etc. Cut by CGB at Dubplates & Mastering." - Ideologic Organ.

Artist: ASO, AI
Title: Lavender Edition
Format: CD
Label: Pedal
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"The resonance of the name Aso Ai will not immediately cause tidal waves of excitement to leap up and hit foreign shores with a vehement power of overall upheaval and long awaited anticipation. No instinctive prevision whatsoever could gear up music aficionados for what was to come, since Asos debut recordings on the tiny and illustrious Oz Disc label had slipped by unnoticed through the mazes of the net. Aso Ai first appeared on the so-called music circuit around the year 2000 with the release of her debut single Amaihibiki, closely followed the following year by her full length CD Umerumono. Both releases slowly fell into slumber, disappearing into the gasping wounds of total obscurity until the freshly ignited Pedal Records label, led by former White Heaven guitarist Nakamura Souichirou, decided not to let Aso Ais exceptional talent go to waste and set out to conflagrate her sonic isolationism. Upon listening and witnessing Asos music, I could not but be struck by the bare stark nakedness and an almost less is more aesthetic that resonated out of every slow motion-like action she sings into being through her desolate tunes. Desolate as in stripped down of all artificial distractions, intellectual constructivism and violent sonic pollution, Asos musical universe is one of limited notation and well balanced fragile bossa-novelistic psychedelics. She quietly sets out, throughout the entire album, to show a graceful, yet sharp moving floating stride. From the first, almost minimalist approach, the atmospheric angelical quality and utterly erotic naïveté that breaths through her delicate vocals, one can feel a premonition towards an unprecedented relationship she beholds for a lyrical and soft poetic shape that feels like an introverted and at times almost religious affair her music embraces. Like the fragrance of a freshly picked cherry blossom, Aso Ais sonic universe is as fleeting and as fragile but in the mean time strong enough to face the seasonal climate changes the buds gets confronted with. Her whispering trade mark vocalizations are throughout the album backed up with some sparse but accurate and straight-to-the-point instrumentation provided by some of Tokyos finest scenesters around such as ex-White Heaven and Stars front man Ishihara You (who was also responsible for producing this sonic gem), Nakamura Souichirou (engineer of Nagisa Nite, Yura Yura Teikoku, Guitar Wolf, The Stars, etc), and Yura Yura Teikoku and Stars bass player Kamekawa Chiyo. When performing live, Aso gets backed by Ishihara, Nakamura and Kurihara Michio. The overall effect the individual musicians together with Aso evoke is that of a transcendental and arresting listening experience that will make you question the validity of all music you have been exposed to until this present day, rendering most your record collection oblique and utterly useless. That is the power stripped down simplicity and utter beauty evokes. You are warned�?� And if this initial release, which will massage your frontal earlobes to a big extent, is not enough yet, Pedal Records announced that its second release will be The Stars new full length album, which will be due at the end of May 2004. Stay tuned�?�.." - Johan Wellens.
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Artist: ASO, AI
Title: Aida
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Document of a live show by the most gorgeously acid folk-esque of Japans female singer-songwriters. A piece of dazed, limpid dream-beauty, with a tremulous, wavering intensity all its own. Since recording her first demo cassette in 1997, Ai Aso has released two full studio albums. She has connections with the cream of the Tokyo psychedelic underground -- You Ishihara (of White Heaven and The Stars) produced her albums; Michio Kurihara, Wata (of Boris), and Chiyo Kamekawa (of The Stars and Yura Yura Teikoku) have played on them. Includes a guest appearance by Go Hirano on piano. Six tracks, thirty-six minutes. Booklet includes lyrics and liner-notes in English and Japanese." - Alan Cummings.

Artist: ASO, AI
Title: Umeromono Izen
Format: LP
Label: Tiliqua
Country: Japan
Price: $45.00
"Released in collaboration with Pedal Records. Limited edition LP of 250 copies housed in a sturdy and heavy textured jacket. The music of this LP is comprised out of Asos first demo/home recordings dating back to 1997. The material predates her initial "Umeromono" CDs contents. Unlike "Umeromono", the music she slowly breathes into being through her slow-motion like less is more aesthetic on this LP-set sounds even more fragile and desolate than her current recordings. This is partly due to the fact that Aso recorded the whole affair in her bedroom, deploying all the instruments herself and capturing the rudimentary gracefulness of her acid folk escapades directly to tape. The overall atmosphere has a strong low-fi fragrance hovering over it without ever compromising the rich musical texture Aso succeeds in conveying out of her stripped-to-the-bare minimum textural approach. The general result is one of organic and sincere beauty, embodying fragility reminiscent to a dew-covered spiders web. This quality gets even intensified by her soft-poetic angel-voiced whisperings and her fragile, fleeting like husky voice breathing out an erotic naivete that is lyrical as well as introverted, making it in its own humble way nearly a thing of perfection. She is destined to be one of the unsung queens of the female acid folk pantheon and this recording will be one of its Holy Grails. The disc is housed in a beautiful, heavy textured jacket, doing the music justice. Liner notes by Ishihara You (Stars, White Heaven). A beauty to behold and to hear. The record is a one time only limited pressing and will not be reissued on CD or any other format. So acting quickly may be a keyword here. The total pressing quantity is 250 copies, of which 125 copies are destined for the Japanese vinyl fetishist market. The remaining 125 copies are for foreign vinyl and female vocal addicts. These beauties will not be available for a long time, so you better act smoothly and quickly to secure yourself a copy. Extremely XXX limited one time only edition." - Tiliqua.
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