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TOMO – Butterfly Dream and Other Guitar Works

Culminating a journey from the traditional sounds of rural Missouri to the dense psychedelia of the Japanese underground, Tomo's first solo release on Subvalent is a masterpiece of folk minimalism that calls on the spirits of Sandy Bull, Robbie Basho and Hamza El Din...

Tetragrammaton – Elegy for Native Tongues

Heavy, ominous psychedelic free-improv from Tokyo, Japan. Tetragrammaton is a trio featuring Nobunaga Ken on drums and percussion, Cal Lyall on electronics and guitar, and TOMO on hurdy-gurdy, saxophone and electronics...

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Tetragrammaton – Point of Convergence
Tetragrammaton – Point of Convergence

Mind-blowing drone/trance/freak session from a Japanese trio who know how to levitate planets. Tetragrammaton features Ken Nobunaga, TOMO and Cal Lyall navigating improvised cosmo-drones of such beautiful complexity and dazzling depth that at points it feels like a masterclass in spontaneous devotional tectonics...

ASTRO & Suzuki Junzo – Cosmic Blues Experience
ASTRO & Suzuki Junzo – Cosmic Blues Experience

Beautiful deep-space hymns to free-falling oblivion from Hiroshi Hasegawa (CCCC et al) on synthesizer and tambura machine and electric guitarist Suzuki Junko...

Test Tone Anthology Disc One
Test Tone Anthology Disc One

Texture, rhythm and movement in all of its disguises, this anthology disc captures the myriad of expression that has become the hallmark of the Test Tone series at Tokyo's SuperDeluxe.

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Subvalent Records releases drone-psych, noise and ambient electronica from Japan.
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Recent Activity

Subvalent on Bandcamp
Subvalent on Bandcamp
March 18, 2013
By Subvalent
Tetragrammaton’s Point of Convergence on Utech Records
Tetragrammaton’s Point of Convergence on Utech Records
November 26, 2010
By Subvalent
Interview with TOMO
Interview with TOMO
October 21, 2010
By Subvalent
Tetragrammaton 2010 China Tour
Tetragrammaton 2010 China Tour
March 15, 2010
By Subvalent
Chie Mukai + Tetragrammaton join Test Tone Compilation
Chie Mukai + Tetragrammaton join Test Tone Compilation
October 23, 2009
By Subvalent

Sound Experiments: Test Tone

Test Tone 45: Kouta Masumoto + Jun Nemoto + Jin Harada + Keiichi Nakano + JULIETTA (visuals) Test Tone vol. 29: Ametsub x Jimanica (Visuals: Masato Tsutsui) Test Tone 48: Gagakirise + Rokapenis (visuals)