Hanegi Koen is the creative duo of British filmmaker Sam King and Canadian label head Sean Mallion (ADSR Collective) they take their name from the park located near their homes in Tokyo, Japan.
From the start, the two committed to a simple and spontaneous live approach to writing music, opting for analog synths and drum machines instead of laptops and digital effects. The result is a sonically rich landscape of delay drenched melodies and sun tinged psychedelia made to compliment any Sunday outing to your local greenspace. Previously of the UK-based electronica band “Maiians”, Sam’s melodic, catchy guitar riffs float atop Sean’s thick basslines and years of production know-how.
Their debut EP Well Worth A Visit was inspired by their surroundings in Setagaya, forays into nature and all the weird and wonderful sights and sounds that you inevitably encounter around Japan, represented in the form of abstract field recordings. Self-produced, all of the tracks were written in Sam’s loft space, and recorded at their home studio. Mixed by Japanese producer Aoki Takamasa, the EP sums up the duo’s first year as a band.
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