The wait is over – finally we are ready to share with you one of our most anticipated releases to date! After 2014’s “From The Ming Oracle”, Louise Landes Levi returns with her new album IKIRU or The Wanderer, on which she takes the listener on a journey through the life and fate of the Monarch butterfly. Louise is joined by Bart De Paepe and Timo van Luijk, who also recorded and mixed the album.
IKIRU, which is Japanese for “to heal”, starts with “Butterfly Graveyard”, a musical assessment of the current state of the Monarch butterfly, whose population has declined by over 80% over the past 20 years. On “Butterfly Brain”, this worrying development is contrasted with the bravery and wonder of the species, its transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly, which then travels thousands of miles on its journeys from the US to Mexico.
You can now stream the first track “Butterfly Graveyard” in full here, and pre-order the standard edition (300 copies on 140g white vinyl in rough uncoated sleeves with Ira Cohen poem as insert) on Bandcamp and in the Oaken Palace Webshop.
As usual, we are also offering a very limited special edition of just 20 hand-numbered test pressings on 140g black virgin vinyl, housed in hand-assembled orange 300gsm card sleeves with alternative cover artwork by Wired To The Moon.
All profits from this release will be donated to the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund initiated by the US National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.