Kalk Samen Kuri no Hana

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Kalk Samen Kuri no Hana
加爾基 精液 栗ノ花
A decorative teacup against a black background.
Studio album by Ringo Sheena
Released February 23, 2003 (2003-02-23) (CCCD)
July 2, 2008 (2008-07-02) (CD-DA)
Recorded Toshiba EMI 3rd Studio
Studio Terra
Kroneko Studio
Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
Atami Kajika-sou Waraku-tei(Ryokan (Japanese inn))
Genre Alternative rock, electronica, folk, traditional, world, orchestra, new wave
Length 44:44
Label Toshiba EMI
Virgin Music
Producer Bakeneko Killer[1]
(Ringo Sheena & Uni Inoue)
Ringo Sheena chronology
Utaite Myōri: Sono Ichi
(2002)
Karuki Samen Kuri no Hana
(2003)
Heisei Fūzoku
(2007)
Singles from Karuki Samen Kuri no Hana
  1. "Stem"
    Released: January 22, 2003

Karuki Samen Kuri no Hana (加爾基 精液 栗ノ花(カルキ・ザーメン・くりのはな) Chlorinated Lime Semen Chestnut Flower?), (English title Kalk Semen Chestnut Flower) is the third studio album of Japanese singer-songwriter Ringo Sheena, released on February 23, 2003, on Toshiba EMI / Virgin Music. The album's lead single was successful by topping the Oricon charts for the first time.

EMI released the album using copy control at first. Then, the CCCD version was stopped producing, and the CD-DA version was newly released on July 2, 2008. The vinyl record version which is a double album was released on May 27, 2003, and contains the bonus track Ichijiku no Hana (映日紅の花(いちじくのはな) The flower of the fig?).

The short film Tanpen Kinema Hyakuiro Megane (短篇キネマ 百色眼鏡 Short cinema, the glasses of 100 colors?) which expresses the world view of the album was put on the market on January 22, 2003 prior to releasing the album.

Background and recording[edit]

The album is a follow-up to Ringo Sheena’s successful second album Shōso Strip (2000) and cover album Utaite Myōri: Sono Ichi (2002). The album was due to be entitled Fushigi, Waizatsu, Ekisentorikku (不思議・猥雑・エキセントリック Wonder, Vulgar, Eccentric?) at first. However, Sheena decided to change the title because she overheard the male staff's chats and she thought their story to be interesting. They told that the smell of semen resembled the smell of chlorine, or the smell of the chestnut flowers. She thought that the nuance of word "semen" was beautiful, and adopted it as the title. The 2001 single "Mayonaka Wa Junketsu" (真夜中は純潔 Midnight is pure?) was to have been included on this album along with one of the single's b-sides, "Aisaika no Choushoku" (愛妻家の朝食 The breakfast of the devoted husband?). However, plans were changed after it was deemed they did not match the album.

It was the first time for Sheena to produce her own album herself. The album was produced in about one year longer than the period of production of the past two albums. Sheena didn’t record a band all at once as had been done in her previous albums, but recorded one instrument at a time using overdubbing and multitracking. She used not only the rock band ensemble but also the various musical instruments such as folk instruments from Japan and other regions, string instruments, wind instruments, percussion instruments, as well as music sequencer and orchestra. In order to reduce budgets, she used her own Macintosh computer and cheap recording equipment, and composed and edited the songs herself using computer software, while sometimes exchanging the arranged songs with Uni Inoue. She recorded one musical instrument in one room of her house while recording the ensemble parts (string section, etc.) in another room.

Seiji Kameda who had been involved in the production and arrangement of her previous two studio albums did not participate in this work. Instead, Sheena arranged this album with audio engineer Uni Inoue. Toshiyuki Mori orchestrated each of the recorded songs and arranged the whole "Yattsuke Shigoto".

In 2003, musician Takao Tajima of the band Original Love covered the song "Okonomi de" on his tour "Odoru Taiyo" Tour.

Track listing[edit]

CD[edit]

All tracks written by Ringo Sheena, arranged by Bakeneko Killer[1] except track 5 (by Toshiyuki Mori).

No. Title Arranger(s) Length
1. "Shūkyō (宗教 Religion?)" Woodwind instrument arrangement by Toshiyuki Mori
Band & strings arrangement by Ringo Sheena
5:08
2. "Dopperugengā (ドッペルゲンガー Doppelganger?)" Orchestrated by Toshiyuki Mori 3:46
3. "Meisai (迷彩 Camouflage?)"   3:44
4. "Odaiji ni (おだいじに Please Take Care?)" Orchestrated by Ringo Sheena 3:01
5. "Yattsuke Shigoto (やっつけ仕事 Rush Job?)" All arrangement by Toshiyuki Mori
Strings arrangement by Ringo Sheena
5:08
6. "Kuki ( Stem?)" All arrangement by Ringo Sheena 3:50
7. "Torikoshi Kurō (とりこし苦労 Worrying Unnecessarily?)" All arrangement by Uni Inoue & Ringo Sheena 2:36
8. "Okonomi de (おこのみで As You Wish?)" Orchestrated by Ringo Sheena 5:45
9. "Ishiki (意識 Consciously?)"   2:45
10. "Porutāgaisuto (ポルターガイスト Poltergeists?)" Orchestrated by Toshiyuki Mori 3:41
11. "Sōretsu (葬列 Funeral?)" Woodwind instrument arrangement by Toshiyuki Mori
Band & strings arrangement by Ringo Sheena
5:12
Total length: 44:44

Vinyl record[edit]

All lyrics written by Ringo Sheena; all music composed by Ringo Sheena except track 12 (by Ukigumo), and arranged by Bakeneko Killer[1] except track 5 (by Toshiyuki Mori) & 12 (by Ukigumo).

Side A
No. Title Arranger(s) Length
1. "Shūkyō (宗教 Religion?)" Woodwind instrument arrangement by Toshiyuki Mori
Band & strings arrangement by Ringo Sheena
5:08
2. "Dopperugengā (ドッペルゲンガー Doppelganger?)" Orchestrated by Toshiyuki Mori 3:46
3. "Meisai (迷彩 Camouflage?)"   3:44
Side B
No. Title Arranger(s) Length
1. "Odaiji ni (おだいじに Please Take Care?)" Orchestrated by Ringo Sheena 3:01
2. "Yattsuke Shigoto (やっつけ仕事 Rush Job?)" All arrangement by Toshiyuki Mori
Strings arrangement by Ringo Sheena
5:08
3. "Kuki ( Stem?)" All arrangement by Ringo Sheena 3:50
Side C
No. Title Arranger(s) Length
1. "Torikoshi Kurō (とりこし苦労 Worrying Unnecessarily?)" All arrangement by Uni Inoue & Ringo Sheena 2:36
2. "Okonomi de (おこのみで As You Wish?)" Orchestrated by Ringo Sheena 5:45
3. "Ishiki (意識 Consciously?)"   2:45
Side D
No. Title Arranger(s) Length
1. "Porutāgaisuto (ポルターガイスト Poltergeists?)" Orchestrated by Toshiyuki Mori 3:41
2. "Sōretsu (葬列 Funeral?)" Woodwind instrument arrangement by Toshiyuki Mori
Band & strings arrangement by Ringo Sheena
5:12
Bonus Tracks (only in the vinyl record)
No. Title Arranger(s) Length
3. "Ichijiku no Hana (映日紅の花(いちじくのはな) Fig Flower?)" Arranged by Ukigumo 4:32
Total length: 49:08

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • All English translation and pronunciation guidance: Robbie Clark

Track 1&11[edit]

Kuri no Hana Kaoru Orchestra:[2] orchestral music

Track 2&10[edit]

Kuri no Hana Kaoru Orchestra:[2] orchestral music

  • Yuichiro Goto: conductor
  • Ringo Sheena: vocal
  • Uni Inoue: Mellotron, electric bass guitars

Track 3&9[edit]

Himitsu Butai:[3] the band

Track 4&8[edit]

Track 5[edit]

Ōoku Kinen Orchestra:[4] orchestral music

  • Yuichiro Goto: conductor
  • Toshiyuki Mori: piano, all works
  • Ringo Sheena: vocal, koto (Ikuta style), distortion koto (her own way), pipe organ
  • Ukigumo: vacuum cleaner (her elder brother Shiina Junpei's wife's possessions)

Track 6[edit]

Josei-jōi Kinen Orchestra:[5] string section

  • Chieko Kinpara party: string quintet
  • Kanako Tsuruta: drums
  • Uni Inoue: electric bass guitar
  • Ringo Sheena: vocal, koto (Ikuta style), piano

Track 7[edit]

Track 12[edit]

  • Ringo Sheena: vocal
  • Ukigumo: acoustic guitars
  • Uni Inoue: bass

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bakeneko Killer (化猫キラー Goblin-cat Killer?) is a producing team formed Ringo Sheena and Uni Inoue.
  2. ^ a b Kuri no Hana Kaoru Orchestra (栗ノ花薫オーケストラ The fragrance of the chestnut flowers Orchestra?)
  3. ^ Himitsu Butai (秘密部隊 Secret Corps?)
  4. ^ Ooku Memorial Orchestra (大奥記念オーケストラ Ōoku Kinen Orchestra?)
  5. ^ Joseijōi Kinen Orchestra (女性上位記念オーケストラ female dominance Memorial Orchestra?)

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