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Makunouchi Bento

Tracks info

01 Makunouchi Bento - Rain Dragon, Hidden Genius 04:07
02 Makunouchi Bento - How I Became a Lion Tamer 09:12
03 Makunouchi Bento - The River Who Drinks All I've Had 06:49
04 Makunouchi Bento - Languid Fogfish 04:50
05 Makunouchi Bento - 27 Seconds on the Plank 06:31
06 Makunouchi Bento - Anchorshaped Siren 03:44
07 Makunouchi Bento - Men of Mathematics 03:25
08 Makunouchi Bento - Cruise for a Corpse 09:06
Label: Eerik Inpuj Sound
Catalog Number: EIS003 / INPUJ112
Format: Digital
Release Date: 2010.08.08

Upon listening, I became very thirsty; thus followed many chalices filled to the brim with spirits.


Comment suis-je, à mon tour, devenu dresseur de lion?


Seul sur ma chaise, ennuyé par ma vie de gadjo guindé,

je m’amuse de me lasser,

rêvant de ces étranges forêts,

d’aventures sur les routes ombragées,

ces cirques itinérants qui ne cessent de bouger

et le roulement, cliquetis redondant,

de caravanes séculaires abritant

quelques Hommes qui se racontent, la nuit tombée,

quelques mystères égyptiens oubliés.


Alors, l’envie me caresse…

Happé par le courant de cette rivière musicale,

je me laisse porter pour enfin échouer

sur cette grève, brise matinale.


Je me sens Homme nouveau et pourtant toujours le même petit gadjo,

tout juste prêt à dresser le premier lion que je croiserai.


Peut-être voudra-t-il tout simplement m’accompagner

le long de ce chemin romancé

avec cette boite typique

venu du pays des kanjis

dans laquelle on y glisse

des histoires amidonnées, légèrement relevées,

avant de repartir de plus belle,

dans cette aventure grotesque

faite de jolies ritournelles.


Official release page:

Eerik Inpuj Sound




Headphones listening recommended.


High quality (24bit 96kHz) free download for audiophiles:





All tracks written, produced, mixed and mastered by Felix Petrescu and Valentin Toma (Makunouchi Bento)


Artwork by Sorina Vasilescu aka Vazelina [Web, Facebook, Instagram, Blog]


Poem by Guillaume Richard aka Kaneel [Web, Bandcamp, Twitter, Soundcloud]

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