DK138: Akutagawa - Dawn 'Deluxe Edition' 12" LP w/ Splatter Vinyl /200 DK138


Akutagawa - Dawn 12" LP - Deluxe Edition

We are truly delighted to finally reissue one of my favourite emo albums of all-time; Akutagawa from Tokyo, Japan's classic 'Dawn' LP on vinyl / digital!

Dawn was initially released on cd through 'alpinista records' in Japan back in 2011 -- but on the 29th of November, Dog Knights Productions will be releasing a deluxe vinyl reissue with two different variants; one 'standard edition' with the original artwork in a smart card jacket and matching black vinyl. The other 'limited edition' variant will feature artwork from the original cd inlay, and reimagined as a super-impressive deluxe triple-fold-cover, with an equally flashy vinyl variant to perfectly compliment the bold, vibrant images, all brought together again from original artist, Tetsuya Hayashi.

'Dawn' will launch through Dog Knights 29th Nov with no pre-orders. The vinyl is already in-hand, the jackets will arrive next week, and the deluxe covers are now in the print queue from a local print-shop in Leipzig, Germany. In the meantime, please listen to this incredible relatively-undiscovered gem of an album in full from our bandcamp/youtube pages right away.


Dog Knights Bandcamp


東京 / Tokyo
サヨナラ / Goodbye
陽が沈む / The Sun Goes Down
ハッピーエンド / Happy End
ラストダンス / Last Dance
夜明け前 / Dawn

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Pressing Information

First pressing of 500 copies. This deluxe edition features a full-colour 400gsm triple-fold cover w/ two pro-scored spines and a black/white double-sided 400gsm lyric sheet. Also available on black vinyl in standard 300gsm card jackets. All orders include an immediate download of the full LP.

1st Press
Light Transparent Blue w/ Purple, Orange, Yellow, Green Splatter /200
Black /300