Pale Cocoon - 繭

by Pale Cocoon

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Sora 04:07
Shunmin 02:43
Musoukyoku 04:07
Mizutamari 04:07
Onshitsu 08:15
Kumoatsume 04:55
Toy Box 02:56
Room=Manhole 03:21
Microscorp 02:57


Pale Cocoon’s Mayu (繭) was originally released in 1984 as a cassette box set by Pafe Record in Japan, but sunk into obscurity after its release, only to garner a strong cult following nearly two decades later during the advent of the music blog era.

Within the world of Mayu, sounds of the Japanese landscape in summertime parallel swirling synthesizers and noise; shimmering guitar sounds take the shape of a snowflake. The compositions themselves were informed heavily by Belgian symbolist art and Japanese literature - occasionally evoking the likes of Woo, Durutti Column, Picky Picnic, and other 80s Japanese experimental & ambient music - though Mayu’s singular atmosphere was relatively peerless and quite ahead of its time. The album’s symbolist tendencies blur the lines between nature and noise to create something absolutely magical - a world truly of its own.

Incidental Music and conatala are proud to present Mayu, remastered by Makoto Ohshiro and published for the first time on vinyl since its original cassette release on Pafe Record in 1984. Mayu will be available on 2LP vinyl pressed by Pallas, CD, and digital formats in mid May, 2020.

Vinyl and CD available through Incidental Music & conatala


released May 15, 2020

Originally published on Pafe Record as 'Pafe Cassette Book Series I' on September 4th, 1984.

Pale Cocoon / 244 - Tsuyoshi Kawabata
Production Planning - Incidental Music, conatala
Production Cooperation - Pafe Record
Original Publisher - Pafe Record
Reissue Publisher - Incidental Music, conatala

Original producer - Tatsyua Kusano (Funeral Party), 244
Recorded at Studio -HORTULUS-, STUDIO PLANET in summer of 1984.
Digital remastering by Makoto Ohshiro

Incidental Music and conatala would like to thank Katsumasa Ishikura, Noriyuki Noumatsu, and Takayuki Muranaka (Pafe Record).


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