In Japan, "ikebana" is a traditional form of flower arranging. As opposed to other forms of flower arranging, ikebana is very minimal and carefully composed to draw attention upon parts of the plant other than the flower itself. It's with this in mind that Japanese shoegaze duo Ikebana makes music. Simple strummed acoustic guitar is the backbone, while slightly off-kilter, whispery vocals fill moments of silence. The result is minimal shoegaze, reminiscent of Slowdive's Pygmalion or Grouper's works. Breathtaking.
"Kiss" is taken from When You Arrive There, their album set to be released on July 8 via Flau. Listen below.