flau is a record label and event organize based in Tokyo, Japan, was founded in December 2006. curated by yasuhiko fukuzono aka aus.
flau has released over 30 catalog incl. Sylvain Chauveau, Colophon (Jefre Cantu-Ledesma), The Boats, Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven, Masayoshi Fujita (aka El Fog), Cokiyu, Orla Wren and also organized Japan Tour/Tokyo shows for international artists like Grouper, Sharon Van Etten, James Blackshaw, Pascal Pinon, Serafina Steer and many more…
flau selected as one of the NEW SOUNDS OF BEST LABELS for 2013 by The FADER Magazine.
"The records Flau releases are sonically quite diverse, from acoustic folk to dream pop and complex drum experiments. And though eclectic, never before has a label’s oeuvre come together to so closely sound the way a cherry blossom looks." - The FADER
"Tokyo's Flau label is one of the biggest names in the world of really small sounds: its discography teems with recordings that blend field recordings, electronica and more traditional instrumentation to create some awesomely lovely headphone music – the perfect soundtrack to a Sunday evening" - Timeout Tokyo
"Japan's Flau label casts its net across a worldwide community of artists with a particular affection for fragile arrangements and microscopic songwriting." - Boomkat
"Flau are one of those unassuming labels, which since 2007 have been quietly making their way in the world releasing a diverse range of high quality albums. Based in Tokyo, their roster of international artists blend field recordings, acoustic instruments, microsounds, and voice, in a sound that has become truly synonymous with the label." -Furthernoise
aus is the solo project of Yasuhiko Fukuzono of Tokyo, Japan. Fukuzono started making music for experimental films when he was still a teenager. As aus, he has performed live since 2004, including sets at SonarSound Tokyo, Summer Sonic Festival, De La Fantasia Festival along with many international artists such as Haruomi Hosono (YMO/Sketch Show), Chaterhouse, Ulrich Schnauss, AGF, Daedelus, Luke Abbott .
Fukuzono has gained attention worldwide through his skillful and delicate sound production, exquisitely combining electronics with sounds from daily life. The music video of the track 'With Rain' (included in the album Curveland) made by TAKCOM was nominated in the music video category at the world famous visual festival Aurora 2007 (along with Beck, Zero7 and Subtle).
"I can't imagine another artist that blends modern edginess with sweetness and effective song-y-ness in that Japanese way as well. Its kind of an update on the delicate balance reached on Nobukazu Takemura's very first Child's View album." - other music
"incredibly talented" - Memoryhouse (Sub Pop)
"aus combines rich in detail,sensibly constructed arrangements with wonderful melodies that evoke feelings of melancholy and optimism at the same time" - Ulrich Schnauss
"consistently enthralling artist" - Boomkat
"all just beautiful painted like a delicate watercolour of sunlight playing on a sea scape,with all the grace of spring blossom fall." - musique machine
"Popmusic? Sure. Ambient? Why not? Technoish? Also. Dreampop?…Music for a modern living room." - vital weekly
Kyoto native dream pop artist Cuushe (who recently toured with Grouper in Japan), Using her mesmerizing airy vocals as the main instrument, Cuushe composes pop-infused electronic music that is lovable and yet uniquely different from any other song-based pop sounds out there. Together with the delicate lyrics penned by her, the multi-talented cuushe beautifully projects a subtle musical world that is carefully wrapped with sensitive emotion and fragile memories. her recent ep 'Girl You Know That I Am Here But The Dream' was featured Julia Holter, artwork by Rachel Evans (Motion Sickness Of Time Travel) and mastered by Miles Whitaker (Demdike Stare/Pendle Coven).
best japanese album in 2012 Time Out Tokyo
someone whose way of expressing the sacred beauty of pop isn't to yell and screech but to whisper and sigh. - The Guardian
A truly compelling, highly recommended project. - No Fear Of Pop
Cuushe makes electro-melancholia that caresses you like waves lapping at the shore. ..exquisite. Dazed and Confused
a gorgeous and smooth masterfully-produced affair, whilst containing a crackling warmth and rawness - literally crackling in places. - The 405
Gorgeous pop filtered through a daydream – Bowlegs Music
her voice and dreamy sleep-inducing (hey the clues in the song titles don’t forget) musings prove illuminating. - God is in the TV
Dale Berning is a musician and artist from France and South Africa based in London. She collaborates reguarly with film-maker Hiraki Sawa, and has performed and exhibited in the UK, Japan, the US, France, Germany and Israel. She has releases on flau and Bo'Weavil Recordings and works with Take Ninagawa, Tokyo.
James Blackshaw performs celestial and spirit-lifting guitar-led compositions. Meditative in quality, cinematic in scope, his music spirals gracefully across complex patterns, motifs and harmonics. He made his name as a 12-string acoustic guitarist, and his relationship with the instrument is near perfect. With an extensive back catalogue to his name on labels like Young God Records, Tompkins Square and Important, he has developed a unique playing style that takes Takoma school finger-picking into an entirely new place. Swirling overtones, cascading notes and a thousand points of light cascade from his guitar and create ever-shifting textures that bear the influence of contemporary classical composition, post-rock dynamics and invisible soundtracks as much as the American folk guitar tradition.
Despite his transcendent state music he is a grounded and earthly fellow who has been written about with reverence and has played churches, festivals, folk clubs and large concert halls on his many travels in the US, Europe and Japan. These have included extensive touring with the reformed Swans, as well as collaborative performances with Hauschka and Nancy Elizabeth. He performs and records as a member of Current 93 and with Jozef Van Wissem as Brethren of The Free Spirit.
New album Love is The Plan, The Plan Is Death is released on Important Records in April 2012. Written at a time of great emotional disquiet, it's a beautiful and bittersweet new chamber work containing six original pieces whose titles are lovingly misappropriated from those of short stories by the great science fiction author James Tiptree Jr AKA Alice B. Sheldon. The instrumentation is more stripped back and integrated than on recent albums, allowing his impeccable nylon-string classical guitar playing to come to the fore, with small details like the scraping of his fingers on the strings and breathing patterns adding to the emotional honesty of the mix. Grand piano, vibraphone and B3 fill out the tracks, with Geneviève Beaulieu's stunning vocals featuring on the track ‘And I Have Come Upon This Place By Lost Ways’.