“Goraikoo” means “coming of the light” in Japanese. It is a word referring to a very specific sunrise – namely the one seen from Mount Fuji. It is an old Japanese custom to climb the old volcano’s 3 776 meters at night. Upon reaching the top, the Japanese sit down to wait for the sunrise. The dark night is slowly torn apart by a spectacular blood red horizon, and finally, by the sun itself. This is goraikoo.
The record was largely written while Tarjei lived and studied in Tokyo, and as the title indicates, it is the end of a long walk in the dark. It is an introverted and personal record, about loneliness and longing. Not the result of a strong vision, but rather a collection of fumbling footprints.
The record is located somewhere between pop and ambient. Its floating soundscape is largely produced by a rusty old cornet which Tarjei’s father, Bjørn, found amid the trash of a local marching band, many years ago. The ten tracks were recorded, mixed and produced by Tarjei in collaboration with band members Aleksander Berg and Ruben Nesse in a small cabin by the beach, just outside Larvik, Norway. They distilled countless of sketches and ideas into ten songs that felt related by a kind of darkness: That kind of darkness that fills the air right before the sunrise.