The release of Yakushimaru Etsuko’s first solo album gives me the opportunity to talk about one of my favorite japanese artist as well as one of my favorite japanese band.
Yakushimaru Etsuko is better known for being the vocalist of Soutaisei Riron a.k.a The Pop Maestros Of The Post-Youtube Era. Soutaisei Riron refreshed pop music in the space of three records from 2006 to 2011. Their next album is planned for July 2013 and I can’t wait to get it. As I will dedicate a full blog post to them, I will stop talking about the best band of the past 10 years now.
Anyway, Yakushimaru Etsuko is not only the front vocalist of the best japanese band in activity, she also writes songs for other artists (Otome Sensou, Momoiro Clover Z incredible 7-minute long single among others), participates in various musical projects with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Cornelius or Keiichi Suzuki and is also active as an illustrator (she worked with Gainax for a Sci-Fi artbook).
Well, Yakushimaru Etsuko is incredibly talented and, as she doesn’t appear often in the mainstream medias, you may not know her work yet.
I think Nornir can be the perfect introduction to Yakushimaru Etsuko universe. Nornir, as most of Yakushimaru’s songs and creations, creates a soft cocoon outside of the real world. Her songs are like daydreams you wish could last forever, soothing and pleasant. She has this particular way of singing/whispering that gives me chills down the spine. Please use headphones for a maximal effect!
With strings, horns, piano and a 7-minute structure, Nornir is the most ambitious song she has released so far. It is catchy and intricate at the same time.
And the best thing is that this true pop masterpiece was written for an anime opening!
People who saw Mawaru Penguin Drum will recognize it :