Listen to Hatis Noit’s new single ‘Inori’

Following the mesmerizing and poignant ‘Angelus Novus’, Hatis Noit has shared new single ‘Inori’ from her upcoming album Aura. Unlike all the other tracks on the album where the London based Japanese vocal performer uses only her vocals, ‘Inori’, which means prayer, features a field recording she took of the ocean one kilometre away from Fukushima’s nuclear power plant. Hatis was invited to perform there as part of a memorial and re-opening ceremony of the area near the nuclear power plant. The track is dedicated to the lives lost in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and to the memories of displaced people who hoped to return home. She explains:

“It was the first day that local people who used to live there were able to come back to their hometown. The next day I went to take a field recording of the ocean, which would become the base for this song as even after a disaster like this, the ocean remains the ocean.”

Listen to ‘Inori’ below and grab the album when it’s out on June 24th through Erased Tapes.

Hatis Noit unveils A.I.-generated video for new single ‘Angelus Novus’

Aura, the much anticipated new album from Hatis Noit, will see the light of day on June 24th through Erased Tapes. As with her previous record, Illogical Dance, on the upcoming Aura she used only her vocals to create all the songs, except for ‘Inori’, which features a field recording she took of the ocean one kilometre away from Fukushima’s nuclear power plant.

The London based Japanese vocal performer has shared the mesmerizing and poignant new single ‘Angelus Novus’, which means ‘New Angel’ in Latin. The track takes its name from a monoprint by Swiss-German artist Paul Klee, which can be found in Angel of History, an essay from literary critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin. “When I wrote this song, I remembered this image of an angel flying against the rough winds of history, which resonated very strongly with me in regards to both personal and social struggles”, Hatis explains. “The song has a very intimate, introverted outro as I wanted it to end with a place of healing.”

The track is offered with an accompanying A.I.-generated video directed by Yuma Kishi. Watch it below.

Masayoshi Fujita previews upcoming album, Bird Ambience, with title track

Last month we heard and loved the gorgeous and delicate ‘Thunder’, the lead single taken from Masayoshi Fujita‘s upcoming album Bird Ambience. The master vibraphonist, multi-percussionist, and composer explores a new sonic direction on Bird Ambiance, turning the spotlight on the marimba and bringing to full fruition influences that he had kept separate until now, including his acoustic solo recordings, the electronic dub releases under his El Fog moniker, and his experimental improvisations.

Fujita is offering another glorious glimpse into the album with the title track now streaming. Featuring label mate Hatis Noit, on the new single Fujita “weaves in celestial choral samples”, as the press release describes,  “and slow-motion, skeletal glitch jazz drums.”

Wrap your ears around ‘Bird Ambience’ now and grab the album when it’s out on May 28th through Erased Tapes.

Erased Tapes to reissue Hatis Noit’s Illogical Dance EP next month

London based Japanese vocal performer Hatis Noit has signed to Erased Tapes, who will reissue her Illogical Dance EP. Originally released in 2015 and available only in her native Japan, the 4-track EP will be out worldwide on March 23rd. Hatis Noit, whose name means the stem of the lotus flower, draws from a variety of genres and traditions, including western classical music, Japanese folk, whispering, and poetry reading. All the sounds on Illogical Dance come from her mouth, with her mesmerizing and wordless improvised vocals multi-layered to create each song.

“The human voice is our oldest, most primal yet most powerful instrument”, said Hatis Noit. “I use it to describe nature’s many sounds, a language that isn’t logical. Yet it forms a beautiful conversation that isn’t restricted to words like the human language is. I want my music to remind us of that.”

Illogical Dance was co-produced by Haruhisa Tanaka and Matmos, and ahead of its reissue, let yourself be marvelled by the staggering beauty of ‘Illogical Lullaby’.

In other related news, Hatis Noit is performing at London’s Jazz Cafe on April 15th and at Devon’s Sea Change Festival in August.