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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    CD includes 5 bonus tracks

    1. カノン acoustic version
    2. 東の空 acoustic version
    3. Elefant tears
    4. noel
    5. sleep

    14.0 x 13.5 x 0.8cm, Customized CD case, 6 page inlay

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    19.5 x 13.5 x 0.9cm, customized art box, 4 x large sized art poster, 1 x lyrics foldout, offset printed, full color on uncoated paper

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about

“12 songs for the peaceful winters of the world, and 1 song for your soul”

Kitchen. Label is proud to present “12 & 1 song”, a collaboration album between haruka nakamura and long-time musical partner Janis Crunch. Ever since the highly successful release of haruka nakamura’s debut album “grace”, the duo had fostered an important creative partnership that arguably sparked off several popular classics of their time, with songs like “Everyday”, “Ralgo” and “The Light” that resonate surely with fans.

On a wintery night in 2007, the duo were in the process of a candle-lit recording session for haruka nakamura’s solo album “grace”. Instinctively, they decided to venture off the album recording and to compose a Christmas carol of their own. The track was christened “12 & 1 song” and then published online on a time-limited basis during the Christmas season. The spontaneous sessions spawned a couple more winter-themed compositions and quickly became favorites among fans of both haruka nakamura and Janis Crunch. Even as the two went separate ways on to work on individual projects, their creative bond sustained this year-end tradition till a substantial collection of winter-themed songs, recorded between 2007-2011, was borne.

Janis Crunch’s warm, sonorous vocals ring bright and true above haruka nakamura’s placid classical guitar and soundscape arrangements. The former reveals the heart of her compositional skills of her primary instrument, in particular her solo piano performances on “SOLITUDE” and “Reqiuem”. “12 & 1 song”, “nuit” and “prayer” promptly bring to mind the classic sound of haruka nakamura’s “grace” album. ARAKI Shin, who has been featured prominently on haruka nakamura 2nd album “twilight”, collaborates with the flute on “insincere love”. A treasury of thirteen compositions themed with hazy childhood memories and the phenomena of the winter solstice, at times tender and childlike, yet at others, imbued with a sense of humanity and world-weariness, glow with the warmth of a log fire. “12 & 1 song” also sees haruka nakamura in his first production outing, and is mastered by Keith Kenniff (Helios, Goldmund).

“12 & 1 song” is available on CD and digital format on 15th December 2011. The physical CD copy comes in a customized box set edition (19.5 x 13.5cm) with large art paper foldouts of collages by artist Sakura Sato.

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released December 15, 2011

All music by Janis Crunch & haruka nakamura
Mastered by keith Kenniff

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KITCHEN. LABEL Singapore

Record label and publishing house since 2008.

A bit like the roving eye of the flâneur in Baudelaire, who found solace in the bittersweet juxtapositions of urban life, Kitchen. Label documents momentary flickers of melancholic beauty in unlikely environments.

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