Tokyo sound artist and mastering engineer Chihei Hatakeyama will release his latest album, Mirage, via Lawrence English‘s Room40 imprint on June 9.

Recorded over the period of five years, Mirage is inspired by the relationship between music and architecture, a sonic reflection on the way sound interacts with various architectural spaces. The album was birthed during a field trip to Turkey, during which Hatakeyama became captivated with the way sounds emerged and decayed within the various the labyrinthian bazaars of Turkey.

In the creation of Mirage, Hatakeyama attempted to replicate those experiences using location recordings from these spaces and a host of new processes and sound transformations. Staying true to its name, the album is a beautifully adventurous collection that evokes hazy emotions and poignant images of memories half-remembered.

In support of the forthcoming release, Hatakeyama and Room40 have offered up the album’s stunning opening cut, “Sad Ocean,” as today’s XLR8R download, which can be grabbed via WeTransfer below, alongside the video for the track.

Sad Ocean

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Chihei Hatakeyama – Sad Ocean from ROOM40 on Vimeo.