Soft Candy Self Portrait

A1 Opening Ceremony
A2 Fancy Clock
A3 Waking Up
A4 Alessandro (Listen)
A5 Stirring Soup
A6 Silent Chair (Listen)
A7 Cutting and Chopping
A8 Reverse Universe
B1 Wonder Powder
B2 When I Grow Up
B3 Yuge (Listen)
B4 Grandpa
B5 Taiso
B6 Goodbye Teacher
B7 Sound of Cloud
B8 I Am Coming

Release notes:

I came to the mountain some time ago. My room is filled with clocks that chime out of time and cuckoo, scaring the crows away from my garden. I can sleep and be far away from you, even though sometimes that purple haze crawls over the eastern valley. But you still can’t make it out, stuck like a sandcastle on the beach. At night there are a thousand stars overhead. I have fond memories, because everything has a beginning. In the future, manage your changes. Now, I’m going to make some tea and play with my cat.

Self Portrait is the second release of Bun Tapes and the debut for Soft Candy, with custom artwork and a full color insert, a white and transparent norelco case, and pomegranate-red imprinted cassettes.

Released on cassette on Bun Tapes (Japan) 2014.

Press reviews:

Decoder Magazine
In this age of over-stimulation, it seems like there’s no escape from the rising din of noise, be it of your own own choosing or not. Even “ambient” music, with its inviting womb of emotion – oppressive or uplifting – hosts its own burden of encompassing sound. That’s where Soft Candy comes in. Self Portrait, the project’s debut outing, seems to exist as a modest aural journal of Rie Mitsutake, Soft Candy’s sole member. Listening to the tape provides a sense of sincere intimacy, recorded direct-to-tape in a quiet room, probably on a small carpet with tea at the ready. Some parts seem entirely improvised, with melodies carefully played and missteps kept in the the final take. Each erroneous note, the handful that exist, reveal the human hand behind each note for a genuinely hand-made sound. The vibe of the room play into each song as much as the actual keyboard tones, like aural feng shui. Each of the 16 tracks on the tape play up gentility and understatement, letting you pick out moments of humble and quiet catharsis. It’s a lushly elegant experience that I can’t stop reliving, and each moment is lovelier than the last.

Guide Me Little Tape
Soft Candy with Self Portrait on Bun Tapes. A series of miniatures, presented very simply, each a combination of only a handful of elements. The timbre of the patches feels small, precise and “videogame-ish”, juxtaposed by a very human playing style that evokes a mixture of conflicted emotion. Fragile, full of humanity, optimism and at times lonely and bare. In opposition to most tape scene fare, nothing feels overly quantized or mechanical. An intentional stylistic choice which lends a humble approachability to the compositions. You can practically close your eyes and the composer appears in the room in front of you, vintage Casio sitting on top of legs crossed indian style. It’s an intimate, raw listening experience. Some tracks, playful and odd, others touching, offering something sorrowful.

I’m absolutely in love with the packaging and design from Bun Tapes. It might sound strange, but there is just pure artistry in the intersection of fonts and colors they choose for typography. Everything feels subtly confident, precise and delicate, it’s hard to explain, maybe you see the same thing?