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Flowers for Bodysnatchers - Aokigahara.

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Aokigahara (青木ヶ原), known as the Suicide Forest is a 35-square-kilometre forest that lies at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan. Aokigahara forest is dense, shutting out all but the natural sounds of the forest itself. The forest has an historic association with demons in Japanese mythology, and it is a notoriously common suicide site.

Flowers for Bodysnatchers explores the long journey to Aokigahara through soundscapes ripe with lonely pianos on textural backdrops. Countless hours have been spent field recording on the voyage between Tokyo to Aokigahara which creates the perfect atmospheric companion to the intricate instrumental approach. This is a beautiful dark ambient soundtrack culminating in the final choice between life and death.

Written, Produced, Mastered by Duncan Ritchie.

Artwork by Simon Heath.

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