WWNBB#105 - Komorebi

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Imagine to find yourself on the other side of the world, in Tokyo, at barely 25 years of age, working in one of the biggest cities on the planet, in a country at the polar opposite of the western culture. Imagine to spend a good three years there while slowly starting to understand its mental and physical mechanisms, constantly attracted by them and at the same time pulled away from the weight of the distance. Imagine how this would make you grow up and change... then imagine to go back where you came from. It's not easy to make sense of all you've seen and lived. It takes time, and a way.  Lavinia Siardi found her way with an album, Komorebi, released under the moniker Flamingo. An album that talks about an experience of experiences, Komorebi gives its name to a Japanese word that can only be translated with the periphrasis: "light that filters through the tree's leaves". Ten tracks that encapsulate three years in Lavinia's life, from the smallest fragments (Rose), to the concept of isolation and alienation (Tokyo), while dealing with being a woman in a very competitive environment (Sinking In My Blood) and struggling with other people's expectations (Mother) or the absurdity of the dehumanization of immigrants (Corrupt) in a context where the alien is you, and not the other. Komorebi is an album in which Tokyo's skyscraper are constantly in the background, while the front of the story is that intricate, irreversible passage to adulthood, painted by Flamingo as bluntly as possible. Though this album still navigates in the dream-pop world (as in Lavinia's debut EP from 2016), the sound is now more aggressive, distorted, almost shoegaze and at times screamed, as if Lavinia threw every loud thought from her mind into the music. Part of the credit goes as well to Giacomo Carlone who recorded, produced, and mixed the album, on top of being Flamingo's drummer.

credits

released February 28, 2020

Lavinia Siardi: vocals and guitar
Giacomo Carlone: drums and synth
Iulian Dmitrenco: bass, synth, vocals
Xabier Iriondo: cordofono (Tokyo), guitar (Wish You The
Best)
Lucia Violetta Gasti: violin (Mother, Corrupt, Sinking)
Pictures: Lilia Carlone
Graphics: Gabriele Gastaldin
Recorded, produced and mixed by Giacomo Carlone at Supermoon
Studio, in Milan
Mastered by Andrea De Bernardi at Eleven Mastering in Busto
Arsizio (VA)

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Track Name: Rose
Rose in my head
You start to bloom
Warmth that spreads
And feels alive again
And feels alive again
And feels alive again
And feels alive again
I’ve been shutting down
The memories of my flesh
I have scrutinized 
The howls and the tears 
And now I find myself here
Embracing your existence
In the form of a blurry smile
Lit by neon
You disappear
Lit by my fear
You offer me your tears
You offer me your tears
You offer me your tears
You offer me your tears
I’ve been shutting down
The memories of my flesh
I have scrutinized 
The howls and the tears 
And now I find myself here
Embracing your existence
In the form of a blurry smile
I’ve been shutting down
The memories of my flesh
I have scrutinized 
The howls and the tears 
And now I find myself here
Embracing your existence
In the form of a blurry smile
I’ve been shutting down
The memories of my flesh
I have scrutinized 
The howls and the tears 
And now I find myself here
Embracing your existence
In the form of a blurry smile
In the form of a blurry smile
In the form of a blurry smile
Track Name: Tokyo
I’m swinging round and round
On this urban jungle
Hanging by a thread no one owns
It took twenty years
To find my equilibrium
And in just twenty seconds it has gone
Tail wind, head wind collide
East wind, west wind bump into each other
Tail wind, head wind collide
East wind, west wind bump into each other
In my absent mind
A thug of war takes place
And I don’t even know who plays
What I should do and what I would
Never are the same
And this is driving me insane
Tail wind, head wind collide
East wind, west wind bump into each other
Tail wind, head wind collide
East wind, west wind bump into each other
Track Name: Mother
Mother
I’m sorry
If I’m not the one you wanted
Father
Forgive me
If I’m not what you expected
I’m trying
I’m trying
But it’s so hard to go through
I’m trying
I’m trying
But it’s so hard to see through
I tried to settle
And I tried to travel
I tried to manage and
I tried to cover
I tried to hide
I tried to show
The point is
There’s something that I don’t know and
I’m trying
I’m trying
But it’s so hard to go through
I’m trying
I’m trying
But it’s so hard to look through
My love please
Come soon
‘Cause I’m tired of roaming and want to find you
My dreams please
Come true
I’m tired of surviving and I all I want is to
Start crying
I’m crying
It’s not so hard to go through it anymore
I’m crying
I’m crying
I’m crying
I’m crying
I’m crying…
Track Name: Wish You the Best
Blind
And insecure
You see the faces of a lifetime fading
And now
You don’t know
If you’ll find an island where to grow
Goodbyes
Are the curse of our nights
Goodbyes
I’m sure we’ll have our time
I’m staying
I’m staying
I’m not going anywhere without you
Brave
And fair
You feel the basement of your castle shaking
And now
You don’t know
If you’ll find a sky where to glow
Goodbyes
Are the curse of our nights
Goodbyes
I’m sure we’ll have our time
I’m staying
I’m staying
I’m not going anywhere
Track Name: Corrupt
We’ve lost our empathy
We’ve lost our feelings
We’ve lost our ecosystems based on trust
Sliding doors are closing
Mouths are shutting
Individuality is ruling harsh
Down inside there lies a monster
Down inside of us
Down inside there lies a monster
Down inside of us
We’ve lost our empathy
We’ve lost our feelings
We’ve lost our ecosystems based on trust
Sliding doors are closing
Mouths are shutting
Individuality is ruling harsh
Down inside there lies a monster
Down inside of us
Down inside there lies a monster
Down inside of us…
Track Name: Komorebi
Bushes and ashes
You turn into a tree
How does it feel
To breath?
Flickers and flashes
And the pouring rain
How does it feel
To live again
Sleeping in the dew
Are you cold?
Or do you embrace
The dawn?
Where we come from
Is where I wanna go to
Where we come from
Is home
Rivers and basins
You thaw into the sea
How does it feel
To sway
Leaves and dust
In the dirty haze
How does it feel
To be afraid?
Blending with the moss
As the water falls
Is this
Where I belong?
Where we come from
Is where I wanna go to
Where we come from
Is home
Where we come from
Is where I wanna go to
Where we come from
Is home
Where we come from
Is where I wanna go to
Where we come from
Is home
Track Name: (Sinking) in My Blood
Down my roots are shaking
But my body is strong
I am suffering and aching
But I’m strong
Down my sight is blinded
But I still can hear
I am struggling and fighting
But I’m here
I am struggling and fighting
But I’m here
I am struggling and fighting
But I’m here
Down my sight is blinded
But I still can hear
I am struggling and fighting
But I’m here
I am struggling and fighting
But I’m here
I am struggling and fighting
But I’m here
I’m sinking in my blood
I’m sinking in my blood
I’m sinking in my blood
I’m sinking in my blood…
Track Name: The Wind Cave
There you go, once again
Whispering in my limbs
Tethering my electricity
And then releasing it
Oh master
All of a sudden
Releasing it
While the game of life
Streams through your window
And the game of death
Has hit your door
All of a sudden
Oh master
You make me sore
And the cave of the wind
Is an endless maze
So sweet so sweet
So sore so sore
Will you ever breath again?
And the mist approaches fast
Your core, and the time you’ve got at last
Has gone, and the life you’ve spent so fast
Is over, and your uncontaminated lust
Is sitting on your mind’s throne
Is sitting on your mind’s throne
Is sitting on your mind’s throne
Is sitting on your mind’s throne
And the cave of the wind
Is an endless maze
So sweet so sweet
So sore so sore
Will you ever breath again?
And the cave of the wind
Is an endless maze
So sweet so sweet
So sore so sore
Will you ever breath again?
And the cave of the wind
Is an endless maze
So sweet so sweet
So sore so sore
Will you ever breath again?
Will you ever breath again?
Will you ever breath again?
Track Name: Melancholia
We always say
We live for the “here and now”
But this veil
Doesn’t go away
Is this melancholia?
Or just the fact
That the here and now
Has an expiration date?
What I know is that I wish
That this circumscribed
Frame of time
Circumscribed
Frame of time
Will last on my skin for a long time
Will be at my fingertips
When the world will get dark
And the air heavy and clogged
But in your eyes I see
Immense fields to explore
And shimmering flickers
And hunting shadows
And a little you
At the end
Waving goodbye
Relentlessly
Waving goodbye
Is this melancholia?
Or just the fact
That the here and now
Has an expiration date?
What I know is that I wish
That this circumscribed
Frame of time
Circumscribed
Frame of time
Will last on my skin for a long time
Will be at my fingertips
When the world will get dark
And the air heavy and clogged

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