Craig and I have known each other for years. I released on his great Mobeer label way back when, he released with Andrew Hargreaves as The Boats on my Home Normal label. He was one of the main advisors for me early on in the label, and we've talked all thing tape, reels and beautifully broken since. We kept saying we'd work on something and we had some big ideas of sharing tapes and reels between Japan and the UK but it never transpired until I was back in the UK.
The album came about as we shared little loops of tape-based work after I became really inspired using my Ciat-Lonbarde Cocoquantus modular set-up for a period alongside piano, guitar and not much else. It just sort of came together very organically and over the past year we've collated enough material for a few albums it seems and it really is the most beautiful collaboration with our love of haunted, fragile sounds.
The album was originally going to be called 'we both try for the same thing (but for completely different reasons)' which we loved, but when the great artist Miho Kajioka suggested 'flowers bloom, butterflies come' to coincide with her art book it worked really nicely with the tone of the album.
The release sold out incredibly quickly in all its formats so I believe these are the last copies going now (only the vinyl and cd editions).
Thanks so much to Mathias at IIKKI, Miho and of course, Craig - my favourite poet, artist and all-round inspiration in keeping things soulful and quiet in life.
"Flowers Bloom, Butterflies Come" is the result of a dialog between the Japanese photographer and artist Miho Kajioka and the UK musicians and composers Ian Hawgood and Craig Tattersall initiated by IIKKI, between August 2019 and January 2021.
the complete project works in two physical imprints:
a book and a disc (vinyl/cd)
it should be experienced in different ways :
the book read alone
the disc listened to alone
the book and the disc read and listened to together.
Born in the United Kingdom, Ian Hawgood spent most of his adult life living in Japan, Italy and Poland. Currently he calls Peacehaven (on the south coast, near Brighton) his home. Since 2009, he’s well-known with his work as the curator of the Home Normal label. He makes music using an array of reel-to-reel and tape machines in his studio by the sea, where he also master works for many labels and artists alike. You could often catch him on the coast with his faithful Nagra recorder, hydrophone and field microphones. These days his focus of music is on decayed ambient works using old synths and reels mostly, alongside his childhood piano.
Craig Tattersall is a former member of The Remote Viewer and Famous Boyfriend bandmate Andrew Johnson. Tattersall's music can be found these days more often under his alias The Humble Bee; as a founder member of The Boats; and in his collaborative works with the likes of Bill Seaman in The Seaman And The Tattered Sail. He has run the wonderful label Cotton Goods from 2008 to 2015 and since 2009 he has recorded 12 albums on his moniker The Humble Bee.
Miho Kajioka (b. 1973, Japan, lives in Kyoto) is an artist and a photographer since 2011. « Kajioka's artistic practice is in principal snapshot based; she carries her camera everywhere and intuitively takes photos of whatever she finds interesting. These collected images serve as the basic material for her work in the darkroom where she creates her poetic and suggestive image-objects through elaborate, alternative printing methods. Kajioka regards herself more as a painter/drawer than as a photographer. She feels that photographic techniques help her to create works that fully express her artistic vision. Her images evoke a sense of mystery in her constant search for beauty. The focused, creative and respectful way in which she uses the medium of photography to creating her works seems to fit in the tradition of Japanese art that is characterized by the specifically Japanese sense of beauty, wabi sabi. (…) According to her, photography captures moments and freezes them; printing impressions is like playing with the sense of time and getting lost in its timeline. » (Ibasho Gallery) Kajioka’s work has been exhibited in Spain, Italy, France, the Netherlands, the USA, Germany, Belgium, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Kajioka’s latest book ‘so it goes’ won Prix Nadar in October 2019.
for more info + photos :
• more INFO/PHOTOS : www.iikki-books.com/iikki-014-flowers-bloom
• note : the cd/digital edition has an extended version on 4 tracks. (tracks : # 2, # 3, #4, #7) total duration : 45.10 mn (vinyl : 40.58 mn)
released November 5, 2021
All music Ian Hawgood & Craig Tattersall
Mastered by Ian Hawgood
Artwork by Miho Kajioka
Design by sprflxgrfzm