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Kyoto-based Kudo Kamome and Tokyo-based Crunchybird (a.k.a. Gregory A. Perez) are both artists on the aptly named record label Twin Capital (coincidentally named for the artists’ respective cities). Through a mutual connection with Twin Capital’s Yusuke Hama (a.k.a. HAMACIDE), Kamome asked Crunchybird to remix a song from her 2011 debut release Mind Party! called “The Smell of Flowers” (“花のにおい”). On the original track, Kamome intertwines jangly guitar with plinky electronics, a foot-stomping rhythm, and her haunting, child-like vocals. It’s a raw and imaginative song; loose, playful, and full of lo-fi life.

In exchange, Crunchybird offered a song for Kamome to remix. “The Road Away” is a pensive instrumental from his recent experimental album “The Incident at Fallthrough Bridge” released on Twin Capital in late 2017. Featuring melancholic manipulated strings, a galloping piano, and burbling alien synths, it seemed like fresh clay for Kudo to stretch and shape into her own quirky style.

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The collaborative split E.P., The Road of Flowers, is a reimagining of two different artistic visions. Kamome’s upbeat and fuzzed out track “The Smell of Flowers” becomes a darker shoegazer epic in Crunchybird’s hands, with a bit of icy electronic frost for added subtle menace. Think My Bloody Valentine hitting on The XX at a party hosted by King Krule.

“I was fascinated with the idea of turning ‘The Smell Of Flowers’ into the opposite of what it originally was - from loose and playful to more regimented and dramatic,” says Crunchybird. “A little oppressive, even.”

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Conversely, Kamome’s take on “The Road Away” transforms it from a slow-burn sci-fi roadtrip into dynamic electronic gymnastics. Her version swerves from pastoral ambient passages into bubbling jungle beats and a pulsing club vibe reminiscent of something off of Cornelius’ “Fantasma” or Caribou’s blurry genre-bending. All of it is tied together with Kamome’s soaring, ethereal vocals.

“I really loved the dream-like quality of ‘The Road Away.’ I wanted to preserve that but collage it in my own way… lo-fi and loud.”

The Road of Flowers E.P. featuring Kudo Kamome and Crunchybird is available now at www.twin-capital.com, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, and Bandcamp. Crunchybird’s next album “The Damning Logic” is due out later this year. Kudo Kamome is working on “Apple Sleep”.