Anoice

The Japanese cinematic instrumental ensemble of which the members have some other projects; Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata, RiLF, Films, Mizu Amane, Mokyow, and Cru.

Anoice is a Tokyo based cinematic instrumental music group formed by multi instrumentalists; Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata, Utaka Fujiwara, and Tadashi Yoshikawa.

Their debut album ‘Remmings’ was released on Important Records, Boston in 2006. Their talent was also admired by internationally famous musicians Ryuichi Sakamoto, MONO, Nobuo Uematsu, Christian Fennesz, and Takeshi Kobayashi. Anoice then released their highly-praised third album, ‘The Black Rain’ worldwide in 2012 via their own music label, Ricco Label, and also Important Records in US and Flowers Blossom In The Space in Russia. This album was selected as one of the top albums of the year by many music review websites. The Russian hip-hop artist, MiyaGi used one of the album’s tracks, ‘ripple’, as the the backing track for his song. The music video has been played 26 million times on YouTube.

In 2015, Anoice released the 4th album ‘into the shadows’ recorded in not only Tokyo but also London, Paris, Warsaw, and Moscow. One of the album tracks ‘old lighthouse’ became the #1 trending track on Spotify as Japanese artists, and ‘invasion’ was used as the credit roll tune of ‘Girl Lost’, a US movie which was the #1 trending movie on Amazon Prime Video. Two years later, Anoice released a compilation album ‘selected works’ featuring their ambient tracks on 1631 Recordings and started to distribute it via Universal Music, and then went to European and Asian tours.

In 2019, Anoice released singles three weeks in a row in May, and then released the 5th album ‘Ghost in the Clocks’ in August. Anoice expressed the world that follows ‘The Black Rain’ on this album made from lovely melodies and magnificent orchestral sounds. In addition, Anoice recorded some tunes with 30-piece orchestra in Moscow and has plans for releasing them and some concerts in Asia, Europe and US.

The members of Anoice are also involved in various side projects such as; RiLF (an alternative-rock band formed by the members of Anoice and Calu, who is the vocalist of Matryoshka), Films (a dark classical music unit, featuring members of Anoice and two international female vocalists who sing in their own originally created languages), Mizu Amane (Films’ side project featuring Japanese archaic languages which are no longer spoken), Mokyow (an instrumental rock band formed by Takahiro Kido and Tadashi Yoshikawa, and keyboardist Kenichi Kai) and Cru (a neo-classical music unit formed by Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata), as well as other secret projects. Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata also write and release work as solo artists. Collectively, Anoice and the side projects have released studio albums, EPs, singles, and soundtrack albums via some music labels such as Ricco Label, Important Records, 1631 Recordings, PLOP, noble label, and Shochiku Records. Those tracks have often been played on BBC in UK and National Geographic in US.

In addition, Anoice and their members have taken charge of composing music for many commercial adverts such as Armani, Louis Vuitton, Google, YAMAHA, TOYOTA, ASICS, TOTO, TORAY, ANA, TOSHIBA, and etc. Also, they created the soundtracks of some movies such as ‘Tusikiji Wonderland’ directed by Naotaro Endo of Shuchiku Films and ‘Olivier Zahm: Digital Provocateur’ directed by Can Evgin and some TV programs produced by NHK and WOWOW. Some film works awarded at Venice Film Festival, Prix Italia, National Arts Festival in japan, and Cool Japan Matching Award, Japan Movie Critics Award, and also, Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata who are the music composers of Anoice, received the Best Original Score Prize at Sapporo International Short Film Festival.

Anoice also joined restoration assistance following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Hurricane Sandy, and have contributed to the cause via various charity albums. In addition, the pianist of Anoice, Yuki Murata has been awarded top prizes in various piano competitions such as the PTNA Piano Competition and International Piano Duo Competition.

Members and lincks

Takahiro Kido  Guitar, Bass, Piano, Organ, Melodion, Accordion, Glockenspiel
Yuki Murata Piano, Rhodes Piano, Synthesizer, Organ, Cello, Flute, Glockenspiel, Harmonic Pipe, Voice
Utaka Fujiwara Violin, Viola, Synthesizer, Wurittir Piano
Tadashi Yoshikawa Drums, Percussion, Glockenspiel, Theremin, Turn Table
official website https://www.anoice.com
facebook https://www.facebook.com/anoice.japan
twitter https://twitter.com/anoice_japan
instagram https://www.instagram.com/anoice_japan
Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/1Harx8w7e050c1YwYJMPcb
e-mail info@anoice.com

Our past works are as the discography page, but we usually compose music for various types of video works such as commercial adverts, films, TV dramas, events, and research materials of educational institutions. We particularly excel in documentaries and human dramas which value atmosphere and worldview. We compose and release at least 50 pieces every year.

Regarding the characteristics of our music, we are flexible to compose music that ranges from dark classical music formed by piano and strings to gentle instrumental music with guitar and organ, creating a warmer sound by using acoustic instruments. Beyond this, we also compose electronic music by synthesiser and sampler and popular music featuring vocals, where needed.

Firstly, please have a look at the following past client works. Here you can preview some sample tracks, edited to about 15 seconds-1 minute, on our SoundCloud link. You can also see some videos featuring our music on YouTube/Vimeo links to demonstrate our skills in creating the audio to your visual works.

Commercials  Armani, Louis Vuitton, Rag & Bone, Google, NTT, JT, Panasonic, TRIUMPH, Sapporo Breweries, DAIKIN, TOYOTA, NEC, ANA
  Sunstar, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Ueda Harlow, Ford Motor, Yokohama F-Marinos, MILBON, Leaseonline
  AcadeMedia, Hulic, LIXIL, Casio, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, FUSO, Heintz, UNIQLO, Blue Bottle Coffee, Lotte, Frecious, CITIZEN
  TOSHIBA, Biofermin, The Japan Dietetic Association, NETZ, TORAY, TOTO, 105 BANK, airweave, ACE, MOS BURGER, SKⅡ
  FUNAI, YAMAHA, Suntory, Kao, FUJITSU, BANDAI NAMCO, Chugai Pharmaceutical, ASICS, Otsuka Pharmaceutica, AJINOMOTO
  Kanebo, JAXA, Johnnie Walker, Yotsuba Milk Products, POLA, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, GIAS, etc.
Movie, TV Drama, etc. Tsukiji Wonderland, directed by Naotaro Endo/Shochiku
  Penrose, directed by Patryk Seni Senwicki and Dominic Spitaler
  Black Rain Hibakusha – Out of the Shadow, directed by Thomas Damm
  Girl Lost, directed by Robin Bain
  Girl Lost: A Hollywood Story, directed by Robin Bain
  Honokaa-Boy, directed by Atsushi Sanada/Toho Eiga
  Ghost Dolls, directed by Tomoki Nishikata/Toho
  Haneda, directed by Ryo Imai, produced by ANA
  Olivier Zahm: Digital Provacateur, directed by Can Evgin
  Double Fantasy, directed by Osamu Minorikawa, produced by WOWOW
  Li.Li.Ta.Al, directed by Akihito Izuhara, Studio Mangosteen
  The World Is Still Beautiful, produced by Hakusensha
  Redwood National and State Parks, directed by Steven Poe
  Weekend, directed by Robin Mason
  Hikikomori: A deafening silence, directed by Dorothée Lorang and David Beautru
  Krageneidechse, directed by Sayaka Maruyama/NEON O’CLOCK WORKS
  The things you let me know about my son, produced by Japan Broadcasting Corporation
  The things you with an autism let me know, produced by Japan Broadcasting Corporation
  Detective Conan, produced by Nippon Television Network Corporation
  The Good News, directed by Minji Kim
  Bek Millhouse, directed by John Garcia
  Growing a Community, produced by the Anthropological Studies Center at Sonoma State University in California
  Strychnine Hill, directed by Cyril Payen and Dug Moore
  Black Sun, directed by Jesper Friis
  etc.
Event Armani / Milan fashion week
  SYN Group / Moscow International Biennale for Young Art
  Czech Republic Janáček theater / Ballet Tanzbrücke 2011
  MILBON「next beauty」
  SKⅡ / CHANGE DESTINY
  Toshima Ward / Heart of Smile
  Isetan department store / NIPPON VISION
  Classical music event / La Folle Journée au JAPON
  etc.

Below, you can see a selection of our commercial advert videos and trailer videos of films and TV dramas in which we took charge in the soundtracks and some of our music videos, which we created as artists. All tunes are composed by Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata who are the members of Anoice.

Discography

invisible wall

invisible wall | Anoice | Ricco Label (bandcamp.com)

1.inner voice 04:09
2.the fear 03:42
3.distance 02:52
4.who’s your enemy? 04:43
5.requiem 04:03
about
The world I had once known no longer exists.

On the 1st May 2020, an instrumental music band featuring a dark and cinematic sound, Anoice will release their fourth EP ‘invisible wall’ which will be available for free or Name Your Price for one day only on BandCamp.

Because of the effects of the coronavirus, Anoice decided to cancel all upcoming tours and postpone releasing two new albums from two of their side projects, RiLF and Films. However, soon after, they began writing new works which they can only be expressed at a time like this.

This EP mainly consists of quiet and dark neo-classical songs such as ‘inner voice’ featuring Films, two vocalists who sing in their own originally created languages in the same named project, Films, and ‘the fear’ which features Calu, the vocalist of the electronica unit, Matryoshka. It also includes ‘who’s your enemy?’, an exciting song that mixes a contemporary classical sound with instrumental rock, much like ‘time’ from their latest album ‘Ghost in the Clocks’.

The EP ‘invisible wall’ is certainly not one for healing, but expressing the anger, sadness, and hate, as well as capturing the moment of entering the forthcoming new world.
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released May 1, 2020

Produced by Anoice, Ricco Label
http://www.anoice.com

Composed by Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata

Anoice:
Takahiro Kido: Guitar, Celesta, Organ, Bass
Yuki Murata: Piano
Utaka Fujiwara: Violin, Viola
Tadashi Yoshikawa: Drums, Percussion

Guest Players:
Calu: Vocals
Films: Vocals

Recorded by Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata, Kenichi Kai
Mixed and Mastered by Takahiro Kido

Illustration by Naoko Okada
And Direction and Design by Takahiro Kido

Anoice

Official Website anoice.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/anoice.japan
Twitter twitter.com/anoice_japan
Instagram instagram.com/anoice_japan
SoundCloud soundcloud.com/anoice
Spotify open.spotify.com/artist/1Harx8w7e050c1YwYJMPcb
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/RiccoLabel

(1) invisible wall – YouTube

Ghost in the Clocks

Ghost in the Clocks | Anoice | Ricco Label (bandcamp.com)

1.after the rain 04:00
2.time 05:36
3.missing 03:46
4.room with nobody 02:52
5.heroes 05:52
6.clockwork moment 01:08
7.it 05:21
8.under the blood red sky 01:38
9.rebirth 11:59
10.the light 03:52
about
The music one craves when picking yourself up.

It has been four years since Anoice’s 4th album, ‘into the shadows’, the masterpiece of neoclassical, post-rock, and ambient music, featuring ’old lighthouse’ which became the #1 trending track on Spotify as Japanese artists, and ‘invasion’ which was used as the credit roll tune of ‘Girl Lost’, a US movie which was the #1 trending movie on Amazon Prime Video. An instrumental music band featuring a magnificent cinematic sound, Anoice will finally release their 5th studio album ‘Ghost in the Clocks’, after releases from the members’ solo projects, Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata, and side projects RiLF, Films, and Mizu Amane. It’s set to be a future classic.

On this album, Anoice express the world that follows ‘The Black Rain’, their highly-praised 3rd album, which was selected as one of the top albums of the year by many music review websites. This is a new dark cinematic masterpiece that is also Anoice’s unique sound.

This album was created from passionate piano lines and a beautiful strings section formed by violin, viola, cello, and flute, and an energetic rhythm, but especially ‘time’ and ‘heroes’ have a powerful sound akin to a Hollywood soundtrack. Also, woven into the fabric of the album is beautiful chamber music with melodies that will echo through your minds, such as ‘missing’, a re-arranged version of a piece composed for ‘Double Fantasy’, a Japanese TV drama series, and ‘it’ reminiscent of ‘Liange’ that is one of the tracks included in Anoice’s 1st album ‘Remmings’, a popular song for Anoice fans. In addition, you can also feel a punk spirit of Anoice in a destructive rock tune ‘rebirth’.

Artist Yoko Shinto, who took charge of the artworks of Anoice’s 3rd album ‘The Black Rain’, once again complimented the music with her wonderful illustrations. ‘Ghost in the Clocks’ will be released not only on CD (10 tracks) and digital (10 tracks) but also vinyl record (8 tracks), a first for the band, and will be distributed worldwide. You can also get an amount-limited postcard designed by Yoko Shinto and a sticker designed by Naoko Okada who is the illustrator for some releases from Anoice, Yuki Murata, and Films.
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released August 9, 2019

Produced by Anoice, Ricco Label
http://www.anoice.com

Composed by Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata

Anoice:
Takahiro Kido: Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer, Organ, Bass
Yuki Murata: Piano, Synthesizer
Utaka Fujiwara: Viola, Violin
Tadashi Yoshikawa: Drums, Percussion

Guest Players:
Kumi Takahara: Violin
Kaori Tsuchiya: Cello
Saiko Yano: Flute

Recorded by Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata, Kenichi Kai
Mixed and Mastered by Takahiro Kido

Illustration by Yoko Shinto
And Direction and Design by Takahiro Kido

Anoice

Official Website anoice.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/anoice.japan
Twitter twitter.com/anoice_japan
Instagram instagram.com/anoice_japan
SoundCloud soundcloud.com/anoice
Spotify open.spotify.com/artist/1Harx8w7e050c1YwYJMPcb
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/RiccoLabel

(1) Ghost in the Clocks – YouTube

it

it | Anoice | Ricco Label (bandcamp.com)

A new neo-classical masterpiece which makes an impression on all the listeners.

It has been four years since the 4th album, ‘into the shadows’, but on 9th August, 2019, after releases from the members’ solo projects, Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata, and side projects RiLF, Films, and Mizu Amane, instrumental music band, Anoice will finally release their 5th studio album ‘Ghost in the Clocks’, capturing their magnificent cinematic sound. Now, you can hear the digital lead single ‘it’ from the album.

This tune features delightful melodies and a classical sound formed by a piano, viola, organ, and drums, which is reminiscent of ‘Liange’ from Anoice’s 1st album ‘Remmings’, which is a still a fan favourite among Anoice listeniners.

This is one of the most beautiful neo-classical tunes.

The music video is now available on YouTube.
youtu.be/tfsqWRsn_nk
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released August 2, 2019

Produced by Ricco Label
http://www.riccolabel.com

Composed by Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata

Anoice:
Takahiro Kido: Organ, Bass
Yuki Murata: Piano
Utaka Fujiwara: Viola
Tadashi Yoshikawa: Drums

Guest Players:
Kumi Takahara: Violin
Kaori Tsuchiya: Cello

Recorded by Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata, Kenichi Kai
Mixed and Mastered by Takahiro Kido

Illustration by Naoko Okada
Art Direction and Design by Takahiro Kido

Anoice

Official Website anoice.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/anoice.japan
Twitter twitter.com/anoice_japan
Instagram instagram.com/anoice_japan
SoundCloud soundcloud.com/anoice
Spotify open.spotify.com/artist/1Harx8w7e050c1YwYJMPcb
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/RiccoLabel

(1) it – YouTube

unknown error

unknown error | Anoice | Ricco Label (bandcamp.com)

It has been four years since a cinematic instrumental music ensemble, Anoice released their 4th album ‘into the shadows’; a masterpiece of neoclassical, post-rock, and ambient music. After releases from the members’ solo projects, Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata, and side projects RiLF, Films, and Mizu Amane, they have assembled again to create new works under the name of Anoice.

The last single of the three consecutive single releases, ‘unknown error’ is a re-arranged version of ‘come toward our line’ by Mokyow, an instrumental rock band formed by Anoice’s male members. By adding a piano and a strings section formed by violin, viola, and cello, this destructive rock tune has a more magnified emotional sound. You can feel a punk spirit that is at the root of Anoice’s cinematic classical sound.
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released May 31, 2019

Produced by Anoice, Ricco Label
http://www.anoice.com

Composed by Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata

Anoice:
Takahiro Kido: Guitar, Organ, Bass
Yuki Murata: Piano, Synthesizer
Utaka Fujiwara: Viola, Violin
Tadashi Yoshikawa: Drums, Percussion

Guest Players:
Kumi Takahara: Violin
Kaori Tsuchiya: Cello

Recorded by Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata, Kenichi Kai
Mixed and Mastered by Takahiro Kido

Illustration by Naoko Okada
Art Direction and Design by Takahiro Kido

Anoice

Official Website anoice.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/anoice.japan
Twitter twitter.com/anoice_japan
Instagram instagram.com/anoice_japan
SoundCloud soundcloud.com/anoice
Spotify open.spotify.com/artist/1Harx8w7e050c1YwYJMPcb
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/RiccoLabel

(1) unknown error – YouTube

missing

missing | Anoice | Ricco Label (bandcamp.com)

It has been four years since a cinematic instrumental music ensemble, Anoice released their 4th album ‘into the shadows’; a masterpiece of neoclassical, post-rock, and ambient music. After releases from the members’ solo projects, Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata, and side projects RiLF, Films, and Mizu Amane, they have assembled again to create new works under the name of Anoice.

The second single of the three consecutive single releases, ‘missing’ is a beautiful chamber music composition which is a re-arranged version of a piece composed for ‘Double Fantasy’, a Japanese TV drama series, but this is the first time for Anoice to record this tune. You can enjoy lovely melodies and emotional sound with a passionate piano and strings section formed by three violins, two violas, and one cello.

This is not only Anoice’s new song but also a new neo-classical masterpiece which will be remembered in history.
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released May 24, 2019

Produced by Anoice, Ricco Label
http://www.anoice.com

Composed by Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata

Anoice:
Takahiro Kido: Organ
Yuki Murata: Piano
Utaka Fujiwara: Viola
Tadashi Yoshikawa: Noise

Guest Players:
Kumi Takahara: Violin
Kaori Tsuchiya: Cello

Recorded by Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata
Mixed and Mastered by Takahiro Kido

Illustration by Naoko Okada
Art Direction and Design by Takahiro Kido

Anoice

Official Website anoice.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/anoice.japan
Twitter twitter.com/anoice_japan
Instagram instagram.com/anoice_japan
SoundCloud soundcloud.com/anoice
Spotify open.spotify.com/artist/1Harx8w7e050c1YwYJMPcb
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/RiccoLabel

(1) missing – YouTube

nothing there

nothing there | Anoice | Ricco Label (bandcamp.com)

It has been four years since a cinematic instrumental music ensemble, Anoice released their 4th album ‘into the shadows’; a masterpiece of neoclassical, post-rock, and ambient music. After releases from the members’ solo projects, Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata, and side projects RiLF, Films, and Mizu Amane, they have assembled again to create new works under the name of Anoice.

The first single of the three consecutive single releases, ‘nothing there’ is a re-arranged version of ‘invasion’, one of tracks from their 4th album ‘into the shadows’ which was also used as the credit roll tune of ‘Girl Lost’, a US movie which became the #1 trending movie on Amazon Prime Video in June 2018. This song is now reborn as a new composition featuring a magnificent orchestral sound woven with strings such as violins and violas and an energetic speeding rhythm.

You can feel not only Anoice’s future direction but also an expectation of their upcoming new album.
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released May 17, 2019

Produced by Anoice, Ricco Label
http://www.anoice.com

Composed by Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata

Anoice:
Takahiro Kido: Guitar, Organ, Bass
Yuki Murata: Piano, Synthesizer, Cello
Utaka Fujiwara: Viola, Violin
Tadashi Yoshikawa: Drums, Percussion

Guest Players:
Films: Vocals
Junko Tabira: Violin
Asuna: Violin

Recorded by Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata, Kenichi Kai
Mixed and Mastered by Takahiro Kido

Illustration by Naoko Okada
Art Direction and Design by Takahiro Kido

Anoice

Official Website anoice.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/anoice.japan
Twitter twitter.com/anoice_japan
Instagram instagram.com/anoice_japan
SoundCloud soundcloud.com/anoice
Spotify open.spotify.com/artist/1Harx8w7e050c1YwYJMPcb
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/RiccoLabel

(1) nothing there – YouTube

no room here

no room here | Anoice | Ricco Label (bandcamp.com)

1.a wind from the sea 03:06
2.syrinx 03:38
3.woodland fairies 07:32
4.vandal 05:02
5.destructive element 03:20
about
Stillness is not a sense which people can feel when they are in soundless environment.

It has been only 3 months since Anoice released their 4th album ‘into the shadows’, which was also the final album of the trilogy with theme of ‘memories’; following films’ ‘a forbidden garden’ and Yuki Murata’s ‘Gift’.
This most quietest release of all Anoice’s works and mainly composed by beautiful piano melodies. Yet, it is not only beautiful, but also a formidably tense atmosphere that is created by an intertwining of sounds.

This album contains tunes such as ‘woodland fairies’, a re-arranged version of a composition that was made for ‘Li.Li.Ta.Al’, a short animation film. For this piece, Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata received the Best Original Score Prize at Sapporo International Short Film Festival, and ‘vandal’, an other version of ‘tempest’ that was included in Anoice’s ‘into the shadows’ album.

This EP is an insanity hidden in the stillness.
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released May 16, 2015

Produced by Anoice, Ricco Label
http://www.anoice.com
http://www.riccolabel.com

Track.1, 3, 5 Composed by Yuki Murata
Track.2, 4 Composed by Takahiro Kido

Takahiro Kido: Synthesizer
Yuki Murata: Piano
Utaka Fujiwara: Viola
Tadashi Yoshikawa: Percussion

Takahiro Matsue: Bass

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Takahiro Kido

Photo by Takahiro Kido
Art Direction and Design by Takahiro Kido

Anoice

Official Website anoice.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/anoice.japan
Twitter twitter.com/anoice_japan
Instagram instagram.com/anoice_japan
SoundCloud soundcloud.com/anoice
Spotify open.spotify.com/artist/1Harx8w7e050c1YwYJMPcb
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/RiccoLabel

(1) no room here – YouTube

into the shadows

into the shadows | Anoice | Ricco Label (bandcamp.com)

1.old lighthouse 02:37
2.memories of you 05:45
3.tempest 04:15
4.autumn waltz 03:12
5.a burnt‐out nation 05:24
6.forever sadness 05:06
7.lost in daydreaming 06:14
8.all is white 03:43
9.invasion 08:24
10.what is left 06:37
about
We are losing something important, aren’t we?

It has been three years since the release of Anoice’s third album ‘The Black Rain’ not only in US, Europe and Asia, but also Russia. An album that was selected as one of the top albums of the year by many music review websites. Finally, Anoice’s 4th album ‘Into the Shadows’ will be released on 14 February, 2015!

Five talents, who have been highly valued by acclaimed musicians such as Sonic Youth, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Nobuo Uematsu, and Takeshi Kobayashi, gathered again, after the successes of the tour and activities with other projects such as Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata, RiLF, films, mokyow, and cru.

This album contains some tunes such as ‘Forever Sadness’, a full length version of a composition that was made for Armani and showcased at Milan Fashion Week, ‘Memories of You’ which is a recomposition of theme tune for the Austrian movie ‘Penrose’, and ‘Old Lighthouse’ which is also a recomposed piece for the theme tune of the movie ‘Ghost Dolls’ of Toei in Japan. In addition, ‘Invasion’ and ‘A Burnt‐Out Nation’ which are masterpieces that feature Anoice’s decadent sound. Takahiro Kido took charge of the mixing, and Daisuke Kashiwa mastered the album.

Don’t miss Anoice’s beautiful and destructive orchestral sound that is unique within the world.

The music videos directed are by Migle Backovaite in London, Can Evgin in London, Alan Kępski in Warsaw, Tamas Kiss in Vienna, and Ivan Franco in Sao Paulo, who all are active at the forefront of the industry, and are now available to view now.

music videos:

memories of you:
youtu.be/g93TbuOWLoo
autumn waltz:
youtu.be/pYGyWBzDG_s
old lighthouse:
youtu.be/czs_-62nlOo
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released February 14, 2015

Produced by Anoice, Ricco Label
http://www.anoice.com

Track.1, 4, 8, 9, 10 Composed by Yuki Murata
Track.2, 3, 5, 6, 7 Composed by Takahiro Kido

Takahiro Kido: Piano, Guitar, Organ, Glockenspiel
Yuki Murata: Piano, synthesizer, Glockenspiel, Cello, Vocal
Utaka Fujiwara: Viola, Violin
Tadashi Yoshikawa: Drums, Percussion

Takahiro Matsue: Bass, Tenor Sax
Junko Tabira: Violin
Asuna: Violin
Saiko: Flute

Recorded by Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata, Kenichi Kai
Mixed by Takahiro Kido
Mastered by Daisuke Kashiwa

Illustration by Naoko Okada
Art Direction and Design by Takahiro Kido

Anoice

Official Website anoice.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/anoice.japan
Twitter twitter.com/anoice_japan
Instagram instagram.com/anoice_japan
SoundCloud soundcloud.com/anoice
Spotify open.spotify.com/artist/1Harx8w7e050c1YwYJMPcb
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/RiccoLabel

(1) into the shadows – YouTube

From The Studio

From The Studio | Anoice | Ricco Label (bandcamp.com)

1.drops 04:04
2.Glitch 06:43
3.Liange 05:08
4.The Three-Day Blow 06:47
5.autumn waltz 03:16
6.finale 07:12
about
This is the second EP recorded Anoice’s studio performance.

You can decide the price and the sound format as you like. All the profits will be allocated for Anoice’s activity.

All the videos recorded the studio performance, are also available to download for free on the following wabsite now.
http://www.fleursy.com/riccolabel/discography/anoice_video_english.html
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released July 1, 2014

Anoice

Official Website anoice.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/anoice.japan
Twitter twitter.com/anoice_japan
Instagram instagram.com/anoice_japan
SoundCloud soundcloud.com/anoice
Spotify open.spotify.com/artist/1Harx8w7e050c1YwYJMPcb
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/RiccoLabel

(1) Anoice – From The Studio (Free Download) – YouTube

The Black Rain

The Black Rain | Anoice | Ricco Label (bandcamp.com)

1.self-portrait 04:58
2.colder than thermite 07:01
3.ripple 07:41
4.tipsy dance 02:50
5.cat in the rain 04:22
6.white paper 07:32
7.drops 05:39
8.the end of something 01:54
9.finale 07:48
10.fall asleep 03:18
about
The Black Rain is the third album from the Tokyo-based neoclassical/alternative ensemble, Anoice.

Aside from Anoice, the music group Ricco Label is made up of many other wonderful projects: the solo work of Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata (who are both members of Anoice), RiLF, films, mokyow, cru, as wel as some secret projects yet to come!

Be immersed by the grand orchestration of piano and strings that often manifest a destructive beauty with the addition of vivid noise and rhythms. Recorded in Tokyo and London, this album contains excellent tunes such as “colder than thermite,” which served as background music for the Louis Vuitton iPad application. “ripple,” was made for “Variations of Silence,” a neoclassical music compilation album planned by Tower Records. And “drops” was made for “More Hope for Japan”, a charity compilation album.

In addition, four music videos are now available to view on YouTube: “ripple” directed by Patryk Seni Senwicki and Tamas Kiss in Austria, “white paper” made by Ukrainian art unit SYN and Anoice member Takahiro Kido, and the videos for “finale” and “drops” were created by the members of Anoice themselves.

The Black Rain was released on year after the Great East Japan Earthquake, may the victims of the disaster find peace.
credits
released February 14, 2012

Produced by Anoice, Ricco Label
http://www.anoice.com

Track.1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 Composed by Takahiro Kido
Track.4 Composed by Takahiro Kido, Utaka Fujiwara
Track.6 Composed by Yuki Murata

Takahiro Kido: Piano, Guitar, Organ, Glockenspiel, Wurlitzer Piano
Yuki Murata: Piano, Synthesizer, Organ, Harmonic Pipe
Utaka Fujiwara: Viola, Wurlitzer Piano
Tadashi Yoshikawa: Drums, Percussion

Takahiro Matsue: Bass, Tenor Sax
Jyunko Tabira: Violin
Mio: Harp
Bea: Vocals

Recorded and Mixed by Takahiro Kido
Mastered by Hiromits Shoji

Illustration by Yoko Shinto
Art Direction and Design by Takahiro Kido

Anoice

Official Website anoice.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/anoice.japan
Twitter twitter.com/anoice_japan
Instagram instagram.com/anoice_japan
SoundCloud soundcloud.com/anoice
Spotify open.spotify.com/artist/1Harx8w7e050c1YwYJMPcb
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/RiccoLabel

(1) The Black Rain – YouTube

Ruined​-​Hotel Sessions

Ruined-Hotel Sessions | Anoice | Ricco Label (bandcamp.com)

1.Stop Wiping your Tears with my Piano 08:38
2.negligent Waltz 06:50
3.with Love and Asleep 04:32
4.mmm 07:46
5.Skylarking Forever 09:05
6.in Different 07:23
7.Go Home through a broken Window 03:41
about
Ruined-Hotel Sessions is the first EP from the Tokyo-based neoclassical/alternative ensemble, Anoice. Aside from Anoice, the music group Ricco Label is made up of many other wonderful projects: the solo work of Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata (who are both members of Anoice), RiLF (an alternative rock band formed by the members of Anoice and Calu, who is the vocalist of Matryoshka), mokyow (a post-rock band formed by Anoice members Takahiro Kido, Takahiro Matsue, and Tadashi Yoshikawa, as well as keyboardist Kenichi Kai), cru (a neoclassical music unit formed by composers Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata), as well as some secret projects yet to come!

This gentle and warm album was made by recording Anoice’s improvisation performance at a hotel that’s been left in ruin for 25 years. You can listen to the lovely sounds of a broken piano that has remained in the lobby of the hotel for a quarter century!
credits
released December 10, 2008

Produced by Anoice, Ricco Label
http://www.anoice.com

Composed by Anoice

Takahiro Kido: Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer, Glockenspiel, Melodion
Yuki Murata: Piano, Glockenspiel, Melodion
Utaka Fujiwara: Viola, Synthesizer
Tadashi Yoshikawa: Drums, Percussion, Glockenspiel

Taku Tanioka: Guitar
Takahiro Matsue: Bass, Accordion

Eecorded, Mixed and Mastered by Takahiro Kido

Photo by Takahiro Kido
Art Direction and Design by Takahiro Kido

Anoice

Official Website anoice.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/anoice.japan
Twitter twitter.com/anoice_japan
Instagram instagram.com/anoice_japan
SoundCloud soundcloud.com/anoice
Spotify open.spotify.com/artist/1Harx8w7e050c1YwYJMPcb
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/RiccoLabel

(1) Anoice: 1st EP – Ruined-Hotel Sessions (Full Album) #Anoice – YouTube

Out of Season

Out of Season | Anoice | Ricco Label (bandcamp.com)

1.Snow Drop 02:56
2.Glitch 06:48
3.Sound-Lifting 01:38
4.Short Film 06:44
5.far from 03:02
6.Fishbed 04:17
7.Paradigm 02:48
8.id 07:32
9.Lost 02:50
about
Out of Season is the second album from the Tokyo-based neoclassical/alternative ensemble, Anoice. Aside from Anoice, the music group Ricco Label is made up of many other wonderful projects: the solo work of Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata (who are both members of Anoice), RiLF (an alternative rock band formed by the members of Anoice and Calu, who is the vocalist of Matryoshka), mokyow (a post-rock band formed by Anoice members Takahiro Kido, Takahiro Matsue, and Tadashi Yoshikawa, as well as keyboardist Kenichi Kai), cru (a neoclassical music unit formed by composers Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata), as well as some secret projects yet to come!

By releasing this album, Anoice established their unique method of composing music, that is: configuring simple tracks by their minute calculation.

The album contains some unforgettable masterpieces such as “Glitch” and “Short Film,” which are admired by Ryuichi Sakamoto, and “id,” an awesome post-rock tune which has overwhelming noise and rhythm that appear out of nowhere from the dark.

You cannot help being startled by their original basic concept that has been refined since they debuted in 2006. In addition, don’t miss the tense atmosphere felt everywhere in the album by recording at a ruined hotel!!
credits
released November 11, 2008

Produced by Anoice, Ricco Label
http://www.anoice.com

Track.1, 4 Composed by Yuki Murata
Track.2, 8 Composed by Takahiro Kido
Track.3, 9 Composed by Takahiro Kido, Utaka Fujiwara
Track.5 Composed by Utaka Fujiwara
Track.6 Composed by Takahiro Matsue
Track.7 Composed by Taku Tanioka

Takahiro Kido: Piano, Piano, Glockenspiel, Organ
Yuki Murata : Piano, Synthesizer
Utaka Fujiwara: Viola, Piano, Synthesizer
Tadashi Yoshikawa: Drums, Percussion

Taku Tanioka : Guitar
Takahiro Matsue : Bass, Synthesizer

Recorded by Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata, Utaka Fujiwara, Takahiro Matsue
Mixed by Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata, Takahiro Matsue
Mastered by Hideharu Masai

Photo by Takahiro Kido
Art Direction and Design by Takahiro Kido

Anoice

Official Website anoice.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/anoice.japan
Twitter twitter.com/anoice_japan
Instagram instagram.com/anoice_japan
SoundCloud soundcloud.com/anoice
Spotify open.spotify.com/artist/1Harx8w7e050c1YwYJMPcb
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/RiccoLabel

(1) Out of Season – YouTube

Remmings

Remmings | Anoice | Ricco Label (bandcamp.com)

1.02:20
2.Aspirin Music 05:42
3.02:19
4.Kyoto 05:27
5.02:27
6.Liange 05:02
7.01:49
8.The Three-Days Blow 06:33
9.04:03
about
‘Remmings’ is the first album from the Tokyo-based cinematic instrumental music ensemble, Anoice who also made up of many other projects: the solo work of Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata, RiLF, Films, Mizu Amane, Mokyow, Cru, and Tokyo Ambient Collective.
credits
released May 23, 2006

Produced by Anoice, Important Records, Ricco Label
http://www.anoice.com

Track.1, 2, 3, 4, 8 Composed by Takahiro Kido
Track.5, 6 Composed by Yuki Murata
Track.7 Composed by Takahiro Kido, Taku Tanioka
Track.9 Composed by Yuki Murata, Takahiro Kido

Takahiro Kido : Guitar, Piano, Organ, Glockenspiel, Melodion
Yuki Murata : Piano, Synthesizer
Utaka Fujiwara : Viola, Piano, Synthesizer
Tadashi Yoshikawa : Drums, Percussion, Turn Table

Taku Tanioka : Guitar, Mandolin
Takahiro Matsue : Bass, Synthesizer

Recorded and Mixed by Takahiro Kido
Mastered by Jeff Lipton

Illustration by PommePomme / Non-Format
Art Direction & Design by Non-Format

Anoice

Official Website anoice.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/anoice.japan
Twitter twitter.com/anoice_japan
Instagram instagram.com/anoice_japan
SoundCloud soundcloud.com/anoice
Spotify open.spotify.com/artist/1Harx8w7e050c1YwYJMPcb
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/RiccoLabel

(1) Anoice: 1st Album – Remmings (Full Album) #Anoice – YouTube

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ANOICE (2019)

 

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AmbientAnoiceClassicaPost-Rock

Band:Anoice
Lineup:Takahiro Kido – Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer, Organ, BassYuki Murata – Piano, SynthesizerUtaka Fujiwara – Viola, Violin, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Piano, SynthTadashi Yoshikawa – Drums, Percussions


After four years since our last chat, Japanese band Anoice has come back with the release of their new album Ghost In the Clocks; we are going to talk with one of their founding members, Takahiro Kido, about their latest effort and the many side-projects revolving around this peculiar band.


Welcome back on our webzine, it’s a pleasure to have you again with us. How are things going?

Hello. This is Takahiro Kido from Anoice. Thank you for giving us this precious opportunity again! We spent this summer recording with a string orchestra for a new album in Moscow, and then started recording new works for other new albums in Tokyo. Now, we are so busy but everything is going well.

It’s been a while since the last time we chatted. Before talking about the new Anoice album, can you briefly tell us what you have been doing in the last four years?

Within four years, we released four albums, four EPs, twelve singles, two compilation albums, and one soundtrack album. Not only under the Anoice name, but also as Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata, RiLF, Films, and Mizu Amane which are our side projects. We also played at concerts in Asia and Eastern Europe. In addition, we took charge of making a lot of songs for movies, commercial adverts, and TV shows. We sometimes exceeded 100 songs a year.

Now let’s delve into Ghost In The Clocks, which has been released in August. I believe that there is a strong link between this album and “The Black Rain”: first of all, their covers share the same art style and the same character portrayed; but there are also some hints in the song titles, like “After The Rain”. How are these works connected?

As you can assume from the title “After The Rain” which is the first track in this album, we expressed the world that follows our third album, ‘The Black Rain’, with our fifth album Ghost In The Clocks. It might not be suitable that we explain about concrete things that are included within this album, but I can say that all the songs are in chronological order. The girl on the album cover is like a guide to the history. We think that we need one more album to consummate this story.

On the other hand, the cover art for “Into The Shadows” is very different; however, a very similar (or maybe the same?) character is here too, hinting also of a link with this album (which is in turn part of a trilogy about memories where the long-haired girl constantly appears). How is it linked to the other two works?

The girl on Into The Shadows is not the same character as ones on The Black Rain and Ghost In The Clocks. She is a heroine of the trilogy formed by Anoice‘s Into The Shadows, Yuki Murata’s Gift and Films’ A Forbidden Garden. Those three albums include fragmentary memories, but they are dream-like fictions and not in chronological order, unlike Anoice‘s The Black Rain and Ghost In The Clocks. In addition, the Memories trilogy’s covers are oil paintings by Naoko Okada, but The Black Rain and Ghost In The Clocks are drew with a pencil by Yoko Shinto.

There is also another detail that makes me wonder how vast is the story living in your music: “Missing”, a song from Ghost In The Clocks, was previously released as one of three consecutive singles; their cover arts put together formed a fish, which reminded me of the one held by the girl in “Into The Shadows”‘s artwork. What does the fish represent?

This fish represents a living thing that encompasses the world and all of history, or the world itself. The world changes the shape like it is living by itself. Those three consecutive singles are all reconstructed tracks from our past songs. The first single Nothing There is from “Invasion” included in Anoice‘s fourth album Into The Shadows, the second single missing is from a piece composed for “Double Fantasy”, a Japanese TV drama series, and the third single Unknown Error is from “Come Toward Our Line” included in the first album Variations For Spiegel of Mokyow, one of our side projects.

Ok, I love looking at the visual aspect of your albums and I could go on for hours talking about it, but let’s move on to the music. As always, your songs are very cinematic and it actually feels like they want to tell a story; or rather than telling it with words, they ask the listener to imagine it through their own personal experience. I won’t ask you to tell us the tale you had in mind while composing the album (we don’t want to ruin any listener’s experience), but how do you create it and put it in music?

Yes, it would be good if the listeners imagine through their own personal experience, but I want to give them some hints. In The Black Rain album, all the tracks contains sadness, anger, and repulsion, but in this Ghost In The Clocks expresses the resoluteness of not yielding to hardships against them. You can find the girl on the album cover standing up with confidence following the miserable story.

Despite being mostly composed of classical instruments, the whole album has a very post-rock feeling, with many emotional highs and lows which tease the climax reached only at the second-last song; “The Black Rain” also shared a very similar structure and “Into The Shadows” had it too, although slightly differently. Is there a reason for structuring your albums this way?

Each second-to-last song have more magnificent and emotional feelings than others in the albums, but it’s because those are climaxes in each album as you feel. Anoice‘s music is usually cinematic like the soundtrack to a movie, but we need to intonate some songs more because our releases don’t have any images except the album artwork.

The use of samples enhances the storytelling aspect of your music; time seems to be a crucial theme of this album, not only for its title (and some of the songs’ too), but also for a track like “Clockwork Moment”. What is the role of time in Ghost In The Clocks?

It means the passage of time. For example, you can feel it not only in “Clockwork Moment” but also in “After The Rain”, “Time”, and “Rebirth”. Those samples are taken from real clocks and old films recorded in the 20th century. As I mentioned before, all the album tracks are in chronological order.

The album starts off very dramatic and its first half is also quite melancholic, but it slowly gets brighter until the strong rays of hope irradiated by the last two songs (which have very fitting titles). Is there a good ending for the mysterious long-haired character?

Yes. We changed the song tonality from minor to major from 7:19 of “Rebirth” for the first time in this album. It means that the girl found a hope to stand up again. However, her own life has just started.

Let’s talk a bit about your side-projects. I’ve recently listened to Inside – Out Tokyo by Takahiro Kido, a short album using electronic elements and generally more cheerful feelings. What do you want to convey through this project?

At the end of 2005, we had already finished making Anoice‘s first album, Remmings, but we had to wait for over half a year until its release. I had a lot of free time on my hands, so I decided to start my solo project featuring my piano songs. This project progressed in a more neo-classical direction by adding other Anoice members in the second solo album In My Time in 2007, but I wanted to do what Anoice couldn’t. So, I changed the sound colour since the third album Fleursy Music, and as a result, my solo project became the most gentle music of all of our projects. Of course, other Anoice‘s members always join my solo project as the instrument players, but we all enjoy making music in a more relaxing way than with Anoice and the side-projects.

Moving on to Yuki Murata’s piano, the only way to describe it is «beautiful»: her compositions are full of emotion and are powerful enough to create a dream-like world, so a title like Piano Fantasia with such a magical cover art are very fitting. How does she compose her albums?

You might not believe it, but she usually creates her solo music by improvisation with her own piano. For example, she made her first album Films by performing on a grand piano without preparation at her own studio and recorded it nonstop. It took only about 2 hours for the recording. However, since her third solo album Gift, she sometimes writes sheet music for not only piano but also violin, viola, and flute, in order to play the songs at our concerts. Of course, the instrument players and engineers are always Anoice members.

Speaking of magical music, Films’ dark fantasy sound is another perfect example and the two vocalists singing in an original language enhances the otherworldly concept; these two artists are quite mysterious, how did you meet them?

I can’t say who they are, but I met them for the first time when I started music and recruited members of Anoice in 2004. When Yuki came up with an idea for this films project, I soon remember them and asked them to join as the vocalists and sing in their original-created language, because we wanted to deal with the vocal as just one of the instruments. Were making Films fourth album now.

As we just said, some of your projects feature members of other groups like RiLF, where Matryoshka’s singer offers her ethereal voice on a post-rock/shoegaze base. How did the collaboration with Calu start?

When I released my third solo album Fleursy Music in 2008, we held the first concert as my solo project and shared the stage with Matryoshka. This was the first time we met them, and we really liked the voice of their vocalist, Calu. After we released Anoice‘s second album Out Of Season in autumn of the same year, we decided to take some time off from Anoice for a while in order to look for what we had to compose as Anoice. So, I asked Calu to start an alternative rock band, RiLF, together with Anoice. Now, we are making the second album together.

Post-rock is also the genre you chose for your other project Mokyow, inspired by great bands such as Sigur Rós and Mogwai; adding classical instruments and whispered vocals to a more rock-oriented base creates a very soothing, yet also powerful sound. How did Michael Ende’s “Spiegel Im Spiegel” inspire you on Mokyow’s first album?

As you already know, we like playing a session by improvisation, and Mokyow is the experiment space for us. This is pretty effective to our other projects. For example, a mix of classical instruments and rock band sound was adopted to the RiLF project, and an idea of singing with an original-created language became a source of an idea for the Films project. As for Michael Ende’s “Spiegel Im Spiegel”, it is also the same case. We took an idea using the same materials such as melodies, instruments order, and numbers of the note like Shiritori, a Japanese word chain game, in one album. It was the important trigger for Anoice‘s latest three albums.

Improvisation is one of the many aspects of Anoice‘s music, but on Cru it becomes a key feature. How do you work to create cru’s improvised songs?

In this project, Cru, Yuki and me make a good use of particular instruments such as a piano in a concert hall and an organ and cembalo in a solitary house which served as the model for the violin atelier in Studio Ghibli’s animation movie. These places have their unique silent atmospheres, so Cru’s music becomes very quiet. Sometimes, other Anoice members, Utaka Fujiwara and Tadashi Yoshikawa join to this project, but they play by improvisation too.

These were your main side-projects; did you have the chance to work with other artists during these years?

Not much. However, we were lucky enough to share the stage with some of our favourite artists such as Christian Fennesz in Austria, Jambinai in Korea, and Sontag Shogun in US. Yuki often plays a piano for various artists for the concerts and recordings, and also I sometimes take charge of mixing-mastering engineer for our friends and our label’s artists.

Your label, Ricco, is used mainly to release the albums of Anoice and their related side-projects, but many other artists are also publishing their music through it. Which are some albums (not made by Anoice members) that you would recommend to our readers?

It’s soooo difficult for me to choose because I really like all the releases from Ricco Label, but especially the following three albums are great. The sounds are of course wonderful, but all albums have their own unique colours which we can never imitate.

  • Sontag Shogun – Tale
  • Human Pyramids – Planet Shhh!
  • EXXASENS – 2007-2014

In the last interview, we mentioned a possible tour in Europe. Have you been able to realize it or are you working to do it in the near future?

Not yet. We are now making some plans for tours for Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan, but we’ll also soon discuss about Europe. Please wait a little more.

Speaking of the future, what do you plan to do after the release of Ghost In The Clocks?

We are now making three new albums; the second album of RiLF, the fourth album of Films, and a compilation album featuring a string orchestra of Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata. As I mentioned previously, Anoice will go to East Asia, but we are also probably going to play in East Europe and New York. We’ll also visit some film music productions in Los Angeles when we visit US. In addition, this is my private topic, but I’m making a plan for my private trip to Amalfi in Italy. If my dream comes true, I’m going to invite other Anoice members to play concerts in some cities in Western Europe.

I guess that’s all, until the next time. Thank you very much for your time, if you want to say something to our readers, you can do it here.

A massive thanks to you and all who are supporting us. We’ll be happy if you enjoy Anoice‘s new album Ghost In The Clocks and spread it to all over the world. La ringrazio!

Elegance and emotions in Anoice’s post-rock (aristocraziawebzine.com)

Reviews

Anoice ~ Ghost in the Clocks

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If the cover looks familiar, it’s because you’ve almost seen it before. When we reviewed the third record of AnoiceThe Black Rain, Rich opened in praise of its beguiling cover art. Artist Yoko Shinto has returned to portray the mysterious woman again ~ but now she looks forward rather than down, and is on a path rather than a cliff’s edge. She has a journey to embark on. Purpose. Most telling of all, the sky is no longer weeping. 

Ghost in the Clocks, the Japanese group’s fifth LP, sees co-composers Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata return both conceptually and musically to that third record from 2012. It is a more focused display than 2015’s sprawling Into the Shadows, yet keeps some of that set’s sparks of optimism alive. First track “after the rain” ties the narratives together through both the title and sorrow-infused string melodies that course through its core. A distorted voice intones something that sounds like a countdown, a clock chimes and a menacing synth swells. We don’t know what has befallen this troubled nation (pick one of many recent disasters), but from here action trumps mourning ~ the stoic face of the Japanese to the fore. 

With speed being the essence of disaster recovery efforts, this action is paired with urgency. And through the set’s first half, this urgency barely relents. “Time” drives the rescuers onward as ivories are hammered and hi-hats like the hands of clocks are steady, without pause. This early sense of sanguine purpose threatens to yield to frantic despair in “missing” ~ an equally pacey but more darkly cinematic track of looping piano arpeggios and swooning cello and violin lines. But when all seems hopeless, “heroes” emerge, finding further reserves of energy when others are depleted. This track builds into strident strings and percussion that punctuates before propelling the increasingly soaring melodies over six glorious minutes. Vintage, powerful Anoice.

But time marches onward. The pace drops in the second half, as a nation turns to reflection. The sound of clocks ticking provides the inflection, in one of three brief detours through natural sounds and ambient instrumentation. Murata’s piano commands the spotlight on “it”, a romantic ballad that marks the record’s peak, its progressions more colourful, its dynamics more changeable than the focused frenzy of before. The entrances of organ and violin, subtle and overt respectively, are wonderfully executed. The equally calm “rebirth”, by far the lengthiest track, is the sole acknowledgement of the band’s early post-rock influences, but its crunching guitar and sedate drums evolve ponderously, meaning the piece never really gets going. (More so than with their country counterparts Mono, who have trodden a similar genre path, distortion here feels increasingly like anachronism.) Heralding no real crescendo, a siren sounds as the instruments fade, and endures for well over a minute.

Anoice
The Black Rain

3.5
great

Review 

by deathofasalesman 
July 20th, 2012 | 


Release Date: 2012 | 

Review Summary: A sensory experience.


I am listening to this now in a big metal bird in the sky. 34,000 feet above sea-level, I’m surrounded by sleepy men in fedora hats, crying babies with no signs of stopping, and rich snobs with little in the way of poise. Perhaps this is the soundtrack I need to escape from these pestering noises. To let my mind collapse within itself.

“The Black Rain” is a suiting title for an album like this. Things start off with a woman singing falsetto in a foreign language, probably mourning over the death of a relative, while some light feedback and strings slowly fade into the whole depressing scene. She sounds like she’s singing in a small tin box tied down with rusted chains, never able to escape. Dark piano chords accompany the slow-building feedback, and a solo violin along with a screechy news broadcast join in on the fun. The news is more than likely covering something dark like illness or famine. All these foggy, ambient textures continuously weave through one another until you get a broader picture of what you’re in for.

Distorted pianos, lonely violins, and eerie, ambient sounds—water dripping, nighttime winds, imprisoned singing women—consume a majority of this album’s 53-minute length. These gloomy components make this album not just an aural experience but a visual one as well. Closing my eyes as I listen to this, I can picture a filthy backyard toolshed, illuminated by spontaneous flashes of light from a broken light bulb suspended from a rusted wire. This is, quite frankly, a very dark album. Not menacingly dark like Kreng or Wolf Eyes, but a non-violent, all-encompassing darkness similar to The Caretaker or Atrium Carceri.

The second-to-last track “Finale” is probably the most energetic piece of music you’ll hear off this album. It is the only song on here to feature percussions and Anoice utilizes them well. “Finale” quite literally ends with a bang, or a crash I should say, as brazen guitars, pianos, strings, and drums all come together in a brilliant symphony, similar to the work of John Murphy for the 28 Days Later soundtrack, then fade away as a fighter plane crashes into the ground. Probably not the best imagery to go along with my plane ride while I continue to play this on repeat, subconsciously trying to escape from this compressed aluminum cabin, hundreds of miles from my final destination.

“The Black Rain” is a dark, brooding, enlightening, and sometimes-unpredictable experience. It should not be listened to in parts but as a singular piece of art. I suggest closing your eyes while listening and, for the full experience, listen to it at night.

Anoice – The Black Rain (album review ) | Sputnikmusic

Brilliant Japanese group of multi instrumentalists and composers in the genre of post rock neo classical, their ambient melodies laden with chills of piano, string tiles and agitated rhythms erupt in a fantastic tune and cadence that takes us into the forest, showing a synergy with delicate nuances and very well-structured melodies. From a refinement of chords and notes, full of feeling, and deep technical potential of the members of this band, I consider his work as the apex of the post, magnificent work. It was a privilege to make this composition, I hope you like it, hug, success and creativity always for you.

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