Cuushe WAKEN

CAT No. FLAU90
Release Date: CD&DIGITAL 2020-11-20 / LP 2020-12-09
Format: LP/CD/DIGITAL

京都出身のアーティストCuusheが音楽活動への復活を高らかに宣言するニューアルバムは、これまでのドリームポップ作品の霧を脱ぎ捨て、現実の輪郭を明確に示します。冷たい朝の光が差し込む「Hold Half」から始まり、空間に歪むギター、幾重にも重なるコーラス、宇宙と交信しているかのようなアナログ・シンセサイザーというCuusheの特徴的なサウンドに成熟したオルタナティブなスピンを加え、これまで以上に生命力に満ちた音楽が生み出されました。
UKガラージを解釈したかのようなリズムと共に雨の夜の雰囲気を醸し出す「Emergence」や、ドラムンベースが炸裂する「Not to Blame」、シャッフルのような「Drip」では荒々しく叩かれるスネアとビートが、90年代のレイヴ・サウンドを彷彿とさせるかのような、エネルギッシュな新境地を開拓しています。この強力でパーカッシブな基盤を持った「WAKEN」は、自己拡張と繰り返す連帯/離散の鼓動の中で、自由へのエクササイズとなっています。かつてぼんやりとしていたCuusheの声は、今ではより強く、より大きく、よりクリアになり、光に向かって前を向いているのです。

It’s early morning. You wake up from a dream. It’s still dark. You’re full of uncertainty, but also hope. That’s the spirit that Cuushe is capturing on her new album WAKEN.

Cuushe has lived what could be described as a dreamy life, changing residences between different global cities around the world: Kyoto, Osaka,Tokyo, London and Berlin. But after the traumatic experience of harassment the dream seemed to have ended. She became keenly aware of feeling powerless.

But, rediscovering herself during this period, and following a hospitalization, Cuushe has shed the fog of her previously dream-pop creations and put the clear outlines of reality on her music. Opening up with the cold morning light of ‘Hold Half’, WAKEN moves through flamboyant analog synthesizers that seem to communicate with the universe, distorted guitars and mille-feuille-layered choruses, such as on the touching ‘Beautiful’. Wildly struck snares and beats recall the rave sounds of the ’90s, energetic, carefree.

It results in a dense dance floor of sound, from the UK garage-tinged rainy night feel of ‘Emergence’ and the shuffling tick of ‘Drip’, all the way to the tumble of vital drum and bass-flavoured beats in ‘Not to Blame’. With this strong percussive foundation, WAKEN thumps with a heartbeat of self-expansion and solidarity, an exercise in freedom. Cuushe’s voice — once hazy, indistinct — is now stronger, louder and clearer than ever, looking forward into the light.

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Track List

1 Hold Half

2 Magic

3 Emergence
4 Not to Blame

5 Nobody

6 Drip

7 Beautiful

8 Spread

Press Quotes

capturing the feeling of early morning uncertainty and hope – The Vinyl Factory

we couldn’t have been more pleased with the genuinely gorgeous album – Playground

music and her voice shooting up a level that her hushed music hasn’t before. The real world has a way of puncturing dreams, but there’s always a way to lift above and find clarityMake Believe Melodies

the vibrant club-influenced new LP from Tokyo dream-pop luminaryGorilla vs. Bear

It’s all brought to life with a sudden alarm clock saw wave buzz, the moment of awakeningYes/No Music

even with that evolution, WAKEN is full of superbly-detailed, luxurious soundscapes you could spend hours immersed in…wonderfully drawn and layered, an album that lends itself to getting lost in – Nothings But Hope and Passion

a new sense of born-ready vibe, flutters and emerges into the worldComeherefloyd

the gauzy dream-pop of her previous releases is now much more sharply definedNorman Records

spellbinding and dreamy journey into her multi-layered and stunning soundscapeTurtlenek

explosion of sound and emotionAbduction Radiation

rare, dreamlike moment of music – Iggie Mag

dream-like synth, shimmering melodies and the unconstrained freedom of space remains, but Cuushe herself stands in a clearer space allowing her vocals to lead the sound rather than fade into it.ADSR

delicate, enduring vocals…Cuushe focuses on ethereal popYork Calling

The dreamy beauty of her sound remains, but Cuushe snaps it to reality to find a new way forward – Otaquest

while elements of Mayuko’s dream-pop style remain central, the musician’s vivid handling of melody and rhythm, combined with her newly freed voice, have only served to bring the reverie-filled music into finer resolutionLive Eye TV

bold and sweeping alt-pop gemMystic Sons

quintessential dream popHigher Plain Music

sensual soulful vocals and beautiful melodic lines – Nagamag

mixture of mist and warm light – Direct Actu

hypnotic, beguiling sense – Analoguetrash

whispering and sensual voiceNovorama

extremely detailed and layeredEar Tapas

gorgeous dreamy tracksFeast Of Beast

transports us on a small cloudDjolo

It is magic! Avo Magazine

she leaps with newfound energyDeath Of Desire

high-flying songMusikorner

you can easily get lost in these soothing sounds, find yourself for a moment in a different world Going.More

美しい矛盾を孕んだドリームポップの傑作 – Mixmag

いままでにないリズミックな躍動に満ちている。ジェシー・ランザやマリー・ダヴィッドソンらともリンクele-king

幻惑的でユーフォリックな歌唱&音像はそのままに、ジャングルからハウス、ダウンテンポ、90sレイヴに80sシンセ・ポップ、モダンなR&Bまでを吸収した躍動感に溢れるサウンド – Bounce

Cuushe WAKEN

CAT No. FLAU90
Release Date: CD&DIGITAL 2020-11-20 / LP 2020-12-09
Format: LP/CD/DIGITAL

Track List

1 Hold Half

2 Magic

3 Emergence
4 Not to Blame

5 Nobody

6 Drip

7 Beautiful

8 Spread

京都出身のアーティストCuusheが音楽活動への復活を高らかに宣言するニューアルバムは、これまでのドリームポップ作品の霧を脱ぎ捨て、現実の輪郭を明確に示します。冷たい朝の光が差し込む「Hold Half」から始まり、空間に歪むギター、幾重にも重なるコーラス、宇宙と交信しているかのようなアナログ・シンセサイザーというCuusheの特徴的なサウンドに成熟したオルタナティブなスピンを加え、これまで以上に生命力に満ちた音楽が生み出されました。
UKガラージを解釈したかのようなリズムと共に雨の夜の雰囲気を醸し出す「Emergence」や、ドラムンベースが炸裂する「Not to Blame」、シャッフルのような「Drip」では荒々しく叩かれるスネアとビートが、90年代のレイヴ・サウンドを彷彿とさせるかのような、エネルギッシュな新境地を開拓しています。この強力でパーカッシブな基盤を持った「WAKEN」は、自己拡張と繰り返す連帯/離散の鼓動の中で、自由へのエクササイズとなっています。かつてぼんやりとしていたCuusheの声は、今ではより強く、より大きく、よりクリアになり、光に向かって前を向いているのです。

It’s early morning. You wake up from a dream. It’s still dark. You’re full of uncertainty, but also hope. That’s the spirit that Cuushe is capturing on her new album WAKEN.

Cuushe has lived what could be described as a dreamy life, changing residences between different global cities around the world: Kyoto, Osaka,Tokyo, London and Berlin. But after the traumatic experience of harassment the dream seemed to have ended. She became keenly aware of feeling powerless.

But, rediscovering herself during this period, and following a hospitalization, Cuushe has shed the fog of her previously dream-pop creations and put the clear outlines of reality on her music. Opening up with the cold morning light of ‘Hold Half’, WAKEN moves through flamboyant analog synthesizers that seem to communicate with the universe, distorted guitars and mille-feuille-layered choruses, such as on the touching ‘Beautiful’. Wildly struck snares and beats recall the rave sounds of the ’90s, energetic, carefree.

It results in a dense dance floor of sound, from the UK garage-tinged rainy night feel of ‘Emergence’ and the shuffling tick of ‘Drip’, all the way to the tumble of vital drum and bass-flavoured beats in ‘Not to Blame’. With this strong percussive foundation, WAKEN thumps with a heartbeat of self-expansion and solidarity, an exercise in freedom. Cuushe’s voice — once hazy, indistinct — is now stronger, louder and clearer than ever, looking forward into the light.

KEEP READING