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DK138: Akutagawa - Dawn LP

by Akutagawa

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MZTN 2000年代の日本EMO/Screamoシーンを駆け抜け、サウンド面では欧州激情、ポストロック、オルタナ等の動きと共鳴しつつ日本語詩を突き詰めたリリックとの組み合わせは、売れ線に走った邦ロック勢が成し得なかった偉業。「日本語ロックの新しい夜明け感」がこのアルバムにはある...ってタイトル通りか。いまちょうどlangのリリースを目前に控えているから余計思うんだけど、日本語ロックは日本語であることに自覚的じゃなくて、色々なものを捨てていったんだなと感じる。 Favorite track: 夜明け前 / Dawn.
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Ahmad Hedzir I find it hard to find another emo album that is as skillfully crafted as Akutagawa - Dawn. They have a knack at playing very unorthodox rhythms, both in 4/4 and odd time, which makes it very enjoyable to listen. The vocals are also super unique, almost sounding folk-ish with the spoken word parts. Overall, superb songwriting from an amazing band. Favorite track: サヨナラ / Goodbye.


We are truly delighted to finally reissue one of my favourite emo albums of all-time; akutagawa from Tokyo, Japan's classic 'Dawn' LP on vinyl / digital!

Dawn was initially released on cd through 'alpinista records' in Japan back in 2011 -- but on the 29th of November, Dog Knights Productions will be releasing a deluxe vinyl reissue with two different variants; one 'standard edition' with the original artwork in a smart card jacket and matching black vinyl. The other 'limited edition' variant will feature artwork from the original cd inlay, and reimagined as a super-impressive deluxe triple-fold-cover, with an equally flashy vinyl variant to perfectly compliment the bold, vibrant images, all brought together again from original artist, Tetsuya Hayashi.

Dawn will launch through Dog Knights 29th Nov with no pre-orders. The vinyl is already in-hand, the jackets will arrive next week, and the deluxe covers are now in the print queue from a local print-shop in Germany. In the meantime, please listen to this incredible relatively-undiscovered gem of an album in full from our bandcamp/youtube pages right away.

More stories and photo/video updates to follow soon!


released November 29, 2019


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