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7 Oct 2008

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The Grizzly Folk’s ‘5-Weight’ mini-album was recorded over 13 months, between September 2007 and its release in October 2008. The reason for its lengthy gestation period was that the band had no permanent recording space, having to chop and change for every session. Main recording areas included the apartments of band members themselves, as well as rehearsal studios in Nishijin (Staff Studios) and Ropponmatsu (Heartstrings), all within Fukuoka City, Japan. At the same time as recording this largely acoustic selection, the band were also working on their ‘Electric Grizzle’ collection, which features almost no acoustic instruments at all.

The band wilfully pursued an ‘avant-folk’ sound, after having spent a lot of time in the company of Japanese artists, Tenniscoats. This is most evident on the final track, ‘The Wilds of JB Purvis, Pt.1’.

The most popular track is the British traditional, ‘The Wassailing Song’, which the band learnt from Blur’s ‘Starshaped’ video when they were teenagers. This recording also features Dai Evans from the Japan-based band, Nanbanjin. The lyrics were entirely improvised, and are based around members of Nanbanjin, as well as Emma Kuntze, occasionally Grizzly Folk collaborator and British folk artist in her own right. She appears on ‘5-Weight’ playing the recorder on the track ‘The Colonel’s Pantry’, along with the band’s good friend Kana Matsushima on drums.

The album was released on the 7th October on the now defunct web label, Tada Music. As with all their recordings, the music was made available for free.

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