BILINDA BUTCHERS DEBUT AN ODE TO JAPANESE LOVE TRAGEDY
Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00
 

San Francisco shoegaze pop trio The Bilinda Butchers are set to release their debut record titled 'Heaven' on Orchid Tapes (Ricky Eat Acid, Arrange, Foxes In Fiction). The dreamy first single, 'Edo Method' (Edo is Tokyo's former name) can be listened to below. The album itself is a concept based on a tale of forbidden love from the late Tokugawa Shogunate period of Japanese history. It's clear from the sound and tracklisting that the record has links with Japan written all over it with five appearances from Juri Nakashima. The Bilinda Butchers have long been fascinated by Japanese musical elements. There's also appearances from former Keep Shelly In Athens vocalist Sarah P. and Aaron Valenzuela (Harriet Brown). The vinyl is limited to white and to 250 copies. Get yours here.


This is the publicity synopsis of the record's concept:

"Heaven is the title of the diary written by Nakajima Ume, a young woman who lived in Japan from 1836 to 1864. It's entries catalog her catastrophic marriage to a cruel nobleman, and her later introduction to a young, idealistic poet whose expressions of sympathy inspire her to escape from her unfortunate circumstances.

When her friendship with the poet is discovered, Ume is sent away to a distant village, where she falls into a deep depression and eventually learns of the poet’s death. Though the news of the poet’s death initially disturbs Ume, she soon discovers within herself a new sense of clarity and motivation. Her diary ends with a final pronouncement: she will drown herself in order to reunite with her fallen lover."
     

Tracklist

1. Ume ft. Juri Nakashima
2. Less Than
3. Old Style Amami ft. Juri Nakashima
4. Shadow Beat
5. Golden House ft. Sarah P
6. New Style Akashi ft. Juri Nakashima
7. The Lovers' Suicide
8. Tanka ft. Lamp
9. Edo Method
10. The River Sumida
11. Golden House 2 ft. Juri Nakashima
12. Heaven Holds a Place ft. Harriet Brown
13. Heaven ft. Juri Nakashima

 

Edo Method

The Bilinda Butchers
From the forthcoming album, 'Heaven', Orchid Tapes'. Out July 15

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