Artist Spotlight: Hirohisa Horie, music

Artist Spotlight: Hirohisa Horie (weeks three and four)

As one of the background players who has been quietly but crucially forming the sound of Shibuya-kei for decades, the songs that have benefited from multi-instrumentalist Hirohisa Horie’s golden touch provide a portrait of an exciting and diverse genre; all the better to choose his work for a spotlight. Last installment looked at his work with Kahimi Karie and his own group Neil & Iraiza, and this week finds our attention directed to his work with another studio player whose influence can never be understated.

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Artist Spotlight: Hirohisa Horie, music

Artist Spotlight: Hirohisa Horie (weeks one and two)

While much of the music that makes up the ambiguously-defined Shibuya-kei genre is sampled from preexisting recordings, the scene’s collection of backing musicians were nevertheless every bit as essential to the creation of the Shibuya sound as anything played from a sampler – and among these talented studio players, gifted multi-instrumentalist Hirohisa Horie stands head and shoulders above the rest. With only a small scattering of solo works across a decades-long career, Horie is never one to hog the spotlight, but that isn’t at all to suggest that he wouldn’t deserve to.

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FIGHT LIKE A GIRL has a nice cover, too!

The official cover art for Saku’s first full-length, coming out April 29th (mark your calendars!) on Space Shower Music, has just been revealed – and it would seem that the days of Saku album covers with endearingly sloppy illustrations instead of photos are dead and gone. They shall not be mourned, as the alternative is preferable by an incredibly wide margin. FIGHT LIKE A GIRL promises to be quite the album, with Saku’s new backing band consisting of Shibuya-kei veteran Hideki Kaji on bass, Hirohisa Horie on keys, Shuuichirou Satou of Analogfish drumming and WATARU.S of SISTERJET on guitar (although Saku will, presumably, be playing lead as per usual). It’s one hell of a lineup, and there could be no better frontwoman for such a group than the endlessly charming Saku.

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Saku’s first full album announced!

sakuIt’s untitled as of yet, but Saku’s first full-length album – and debut on SPACE SHOWER MUSIC, current home to seemingly half the artists covered on Memories of Shibuya – is coming out April 22! Featuring contributions from two of Shibuya-kei’s finest session musicians, Hideki Kaji and Hirohisa Horie, among others, the album will feature previously-released songs “Hashiru Shoujo” and “Atashi wo Suki Da Nante Tensai Kamo” in addition to 8 new originals and a cover of The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry.” You can preorder the album at Amazon, and here at Memories of Shibuya we’ll be excitedly and vigilantly keeping you posted about every new announcement relating to the currently-nameless LP.

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Hirohisa Horie hates Christmas

Shibuya-kei multi-instrumentalist Hirohisa Horie has long been one of the scene’s “secret weapons;” while almost never receiving top billing (or even credit outside of the liner notes), his career is defined by a long streak of incredibly solid work as a studio musician, live band member and musician. With “I HATE WINTER Xmas FOREVER” he’s working again with Japanese singer/songwriter sugar me, whom he had also collaborated with in a recent live event. As the holiday approaches, one can only assume that there will be more new Shibuya-kei Christmas tunes to come – Asako Toki and pertorika’s recent releases both had Christmas-themed songs, and who knows what may come next.

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