Midori Takada – Through The Looking Glass to be released March, 2017


Palto Flats is ecstatic to be partnering with WRWTFWW Records to release Midori Takada’s timeless ambient masterpiece “Through The Looking Glass,” this March, 2017. Known also for her significant work with the Mkwaju Ensemble, this record, Takada’s first as a solo artist, was originally released in 1983 in a limited edition on RCA Japan’s ‘Red Seal’ series. Originally intended as a contemporary classical album, many listeners over the years have discovered it to be a captivating four-song suite, a truly remarkable album that reveals a multitude of depth over countless listens. This reissue, sourced from the original master tapes, features extensive liner notes, and illuminating quotes from Takada on her process in creating the record. Though Palto Flats is only releasing the standard editions, we’re also happy that WRWTFWW is issuing a special audiophile version pressed on two 12″s, cut at 45rpm, as direct transfers from the reel.  Both versions will be housed in tip-on jackets, as the original once was some 30+ years ago.  Midori continues to perform regularly, and will be touring Europe this Spring in support of the reissue. We hope that you will be able to see her play (plans for North American shows are in the works).

A limited quantity will be available for pre-order soon on this website for US customers.  In the meantime, preorders in North America are available here: http://www.forcedexposure.com/Artists/TAKADA.MIDORI.html, and at other fine retailers.

For Europe/World you may order from: http://wrwtfww.com/album/through-the-looking-glass or http://www.wordandsound.de

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating this long awaited release, and Ms. Takada’s wondrous music.

Georgia – All Kind Music out this month


Palto Flats is excited to announce the release of Georgia – All Kind Music, due out this month.  All Kind Music sees the NYC duo (Brian Close and Justin Tripp) return for their third full length: ECM-era Don Cherry global jazz meets contemporary electronic avant-garde,with a slew of guests and collaborators. Georgia will be producing videos to coincide with this release which we look forward to sharing with you!

Info and sounds in the release page.

First Palto Flats Mix (NUMUW) up now

We’re thrilled to share the first of hopefully many Palto Flats mixes – this one from close friend and colleague Nathaniel Davis/NUMUW… in his words:

Summer mix for Palto Flats by NUMUW (Unchained, Francisco Franco, City Band).

Shouts out to Progress Review, Lamaraba, Wilfred Kozub, Tony Coulter.
BROKEN PLATES FX soirées coming soon to L’Epoque, 5 Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad, 75010 Paris.

Palto Flats Mix 01: NUMUW

Link to this and other mixes also in Media. Tracklist up on Mixcloud. Enjoy!

Mariah – Utakata No Hibi to be available in shops this month

Pleased to announce that copies of the Utakata No Hibi repress is now on its way to shops throughout the world.
Palto Flats has limited quantities of the repress for customers in the US available. Please buy at your local store, but if not you can order from us until stock is depleted. Combine orders with Woo to save on shipping.
Thanks for your support. We’re excited to make this wonderful record available again!

Woo – Awaawaa out today


We’re pleased to announce that Woo – Awaawaa is now out. Please see the release page for more information! Check out the media page for some videos from the release, and stay tuned for more with the Ives brothers. More news to come soon…

Mariah repress on the way

Thanks to overwhelming demand, more copies of Utakata No Hibi are expected to be in stock in January. Stay tuned for updates.

Mariah – Utakata No Hibi Named Best New Reissue on Pitchfork

“Throughout its long, slow journey west, Mariah’s Utakata No Hibi has been an album without context. After a dormant period at home among Japan’s vinyl geek underground, the 1983 record began to spread farther in 2008, when the tastemaking Scottish DJ duo Optimo shared a cut online. That song, “Shinzo no Tobira”, which they first heard in a Tokyo record store, has since earned a cult following worldwide for the ethereal lines it traces between Asian and Middle Eastern tonalities, folklorish Armenian lyrics, and futuristic Japanese synthpop leads. Its soundscapes are like those once dreamt by Brian Eno and Wilson. But for all the love “Shinzo” and its parent album have found in tiny nightclubs and Internet testimonials, surprisingly little has been asked or answered about its origins. It’s almost as though Utakata now reissued by Palto Flats has at last arrived on our shores not simply through a crate digger’s time warp, but from some other world altogether.” –Jakob Dorof, Pitchfork

Read the full review here