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In a series of blogs titled 'Postcards From Shibuya', Nicolay explains what the inspiration was for his new album and how its songs came together.
"Rain In Ueno Park" and "Satellite" are the third and fourth movements of the first 'Shibuya' suite and, similarly to "Shibuya Station" and "Crossing", they are closely related to each other.
Ueno Park, technically not situated in the district of Shibuya, is one of Tokyo's largest and most popular parks, built on the hallowed grounds of a long-gone temple. A steady rain came down for the entire time that we spent visiting the park and its neighbouring areas, under the expert guidance of our friend GG. Even though we were quickly soaked through and through, Ueno did leave a lasting impression, as you can hear in "Rain In Ueno Park".
I am a fan of "jazz rock" in general and the groups Return To Forever and Weather Report in particular, and so its no surprise that both groups were quite influential on 'Shibuya''s music and sound. "Satellite", one of the more obvious "jazz rock" nods, takes the "Ueno" theme and puts a new twist to it.
'City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya' is in stores NOW. To find out where to purchase your copy, click here. You can still download the first single, "Lose Your Way" feat. Carlitta Durand, as well as the album sampler, free of charge through this website.
Thanks for listening,