On July 8th, 2008, Jon Nice and Jon Wilks, then responsible for the short-lived TADA Music website/web-label, set off on a train heading out of Fukuoka towards Karatsu City, Japan. They got off the train at Niji No Matsubara, a forested area along the track (the name translates as the Forest of Rainbows) and walked until they felt well and truly immersed in woodland. Once they were happy with the obscurity of their location, they unloaded a small amount of recording equipment and several rucksacks full of musical instruments.
Over the next four hours, whatever came to them in inspiration went down on tape. Some of it is beautiful - ‘Time to Say Goodbye
’ (which has since become a minor Last.fm hit) was entirely improvised by Jon Wilks while Jon Nice went for a pee, and taped in one attempt as soon as he returned. Some of it is hardly worth mentioning at all.
What it does very well is record the humidity and stifling heat of a Japanese summer, somehow, in sound, the cicadas providing a wonderful wall of chorus. …