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artist:   ok ikumi
album:
spirits
catalog no: bbr03
formats available:  cd / mp3
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ok ikumi's introductory album will surround your ears with a plethora of new sounds and sincere ballads, leaving you feeling at ease some moments, and ready to hop out of your seat at others.  think:  good old fashioned honest, heartfelt, melodic, sweet sounding electronic pop music that you can sing to, dance to, relate to.  mastered by trevor kampmann
(hollAnd of teenbeat records).

who is ok Ikumi?  he is a new cat on the scene named karl jorgensen who plays tons of shows, creates mysterious paintings, dj's, loves cats, bats, ghosts, and composes a style of dreamy, intense, and oftentimes pensive music on the floor of his bedroom in provo, utah.  lovers of james figurine, DNTEL, pop, lo-fi, melodic, dance, keyboards, thick beats, electronic sounds, and adorable vocals - look no further!

ok ikumi keeps it real, and without the fancy pants producing you hear a lot of these days.  "i really don't want my music to have an overly pop production (vocals sitting above the rest of the music).  i know it's atypical, and i know i kind of make pop music, but there's something i really like about vocals that are a little bit obscured or buried."  his lyrics are sincere, profound and sweet, his voice is sexy and soothing, and his musical genius is heard throughout this record via thick bass lines, orchestral harmonies, captivating melodies, and keyboards galore. 

we can all relate to ok ikumi's lyrics in some form - whether it be dreaming about moving to another country (or the forest, ahem) to get away from it all ("relocation"); changing your ways after somebody you love saw right through you (a dreamy "lift up your eyes"); two strangers connecting under the strobe lights in the middle of a packed dance floor ("heart not stopping"); or hoping you won't forget somebody when they're not around anymore, as long as they "always stay the same."  these songs are simply about real life, friendships, relationships, and how we communicate with one another in this crazy world.

with his sister kari jørgensen (the boy who could fly) lending vocals on a few songs, OK ikumi's debut album, "spirits" makes for some adorable boy/girl melodies ("no matter").  purely instrumental songs like "salty apple," "midnight," and "reform" allow the album breathe between the lyrics. 

we hope you enjoy your introduction into the wondrous world of karl jorgensen's music.  to quote him, "i just try and make simple music that is lighthearted and fun to play live."

ok ikumi has shared the stage with ADULT., mount eerie, supersystem, goudron, i love you but i've chosen darkness, casiotone for the painfully alone, & eliot lipp.

visit ok ikumi: 
myspace / virb / website