Published Mar 15, 2017Ryuichi Sakamoto recently hinted that a new album would be arriving next month, and now the legendary Japanese composer has detailed the upcoming release. Titled async, the new album is out on April 28 through Milan Records.
It was recorded primarily in New York, but also utilizes field recordings and museum material from around the globe. In addition to taking inspiration from everyday mundane objects and nature, Sakamoto also used the idea of scoring an imaginary Andrei Tarkovsky film as a creative motivator.
A press release further explains that async plays on the "ideas of a-synchronism, prime numbers, chaos, quantum physics and the blurred lines of life and artificiality/noise and music."
See the full tracklisting down below. As previously reported, the new album is expected out on CD, double LP and digitally, and you'll note that the vinyl version comes with a special bonus track.
Sakamoto's last original solo studio album was 2009's Out of Noise, though he's been kept plenty busy with projects since returning to music, like scoring The Revenant and Nagasaki: Memories of My Son just last year. He also contributed to the upcoming joint album from Chilly Gonzales and Jarvis Cocker, Room 29, which is out on March 17.
11. Life, Life
15. water state 2
* vinyl-only bonus track