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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.Before I even wrote a single note of music, I knew that one of the centerpieces on City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya would have to be called Meiji Shrine. The place just left that much of an impression on me.
Meiji Shrine, or Meiji Jingu in Japanese, is a large Shinto shrine dedicated to the beloved and influential Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken, and situated in the forest at the end of Omotesando, across the street from the legendary Budokan hall. The people of Tokyo visit the shrine to practice their religion and to pay their respects to the spirits of the emperial couple. Many consider Meiji Shrine and the adjacent forest their spiritual home.
Continue reading Postcards From Shibuya #7: Meiji Shrine/The Inner Garden
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.Omotesando is the name of one of the main avenues in the Shibuya district. It is best known as an upscale shopping area featuring several international brand boutique stores and outlets. Over 100,000 cars drive down this avenue every day.
As I was going through all of our photographs of Shibuya, searching for album art material, I came across the image of the cars driving down Omotesando, and I knew I had found the front cover.
''Omotesando'', one of the earlier pieces that I recorded for City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya, opens the second suite of instrumentals on the album, and, following the avenue that it is named after, segues into "Meiji Shrine''.
Thanks for listening,
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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.Electronic/dance music continues to be a big influence on me, as evidenced by the 'City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya' album in general, and "Saturday Night", featuring the fabulous Carlitta Durand, in particular. While putting together the final configuration, Phonte convinced me to include the full 6-minute version, and I am glad he did. "Saturday Night" became the centerpiece of the album.
Best listened to LOUD!
Until next time,
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Saturday Night feat. Carlitta Durand
A Ride Under The Neon Moon
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".
Continue reading Postcards From Shibuya #4: Rain In Ueno Park/Satellite
The demo version of "Shibuya Station" was among those first ideas that I recorded almost immediately after returning from my trip to Tokyo. The uptempo drums and percussion represent the frantic pace of the city's traffic, with a nod to 8-Bit Nintendo music in the intro. With over two million people passing through each workday (!), "Shibuya Station" is one of the world's busiest railway stations, and it seemed like the most appropriate starting point for a walk around Shibuya. A big shout out to my brother Zo! for laying down a smoldering solo on the Rhodes.