Cuushe

Japanese artist Cuushe stays in constant motion. Raised in the culturally rich confines of Kyoto, she spent the years following childhood in neighboring Osaka before moving to Japan’s over- stimulating capital, Tokyo. Later, Cuushe would make London and then Berlin her home, bringing her first record, Red Rocket Telepathy, into existence alongside the time in Europe. The material was a reflection of her far-flung travels, fusing her eastern roots and more recent western reference points.

In 2012 Cuushe released Girl You Know That I Am Here But The Dream on Tokyo tastemaker label flau, working with the label’s owner aus on its production. Her mesmerizing airy vocals served as the key instrument, underneath it a subtle musical world emerged, carefully wrapped around fragile dreams and memories. Time Out Tokyo declared it the “best Japanese album of 2012.” Her finer work was yet to follow with 2013’s Butterfly Case, which earned Cuushe the attention of a worldwide audience. Her song-based electronic musings were recognized as being lovable and accessible, yet also foreboding and exotic – a combination of sounds that was deeply enchanting. In support of Butterfly Case, Cuushe toured with Julianna Barwick and Grouper.

 


photo by REPEAT PATTERN
Cuushe website

 

ゆらめきの中に溶けていくピアノとギター、 空気の中に浮遊する歪んだシンセサイザー、数々のアーティストがフェイバリットに挙げる拙くも圧倒的な存在感を持った歌声。
2009年にデビューアルバム 『Red Rocket Telepathy』を発表、Julia HolterやTeen Daze、Blackbird Blackbird、Motion Sickness Of Time Travelらがリミキサーとして参加したEP『Girl you know that I am here but the dream』を2012年にリリースし、瞬く間に完売。たった3曲の新録にも関わらず、TIMEOUT Tokyoのベストアルバムに選出される。

アメリカの人気アーティストSlow Magicが手がけたリミックスがYoutubeでの再生回数約60万回を記録、デビュー作収録の『Airy Me』のミュージックビデオがインターネット上で大きな注目を集める中、2013年全編ベルリンでレコーディングされたセカンドアルバム 『Butterfly Case』を発表。現行のミュージックシーンとは一線を画す独創的な歌世界が絶賛され、Pitchforkなどの海外の主要音楽メディア/ブログで軒並み高評価を獲得。ファッション界からの注目も高く、デンマークのファッション・ブランドとのコラボレーションや、本国のNYLON Magazine、Fred Perryのウェブサイトで紹介されるなど、そのビジュアルと共に世界レベルで活躍を期待される日本人女性アーティストといえる。これまでにJulianna Barwick、Grouperの来日公演をサポート。


Discography

albums:
Red Rocket Telepathy (flau,2009)
Girl You Know That I Am Here But The Dream (flau,2012)
Butterfly Case (flau,2013)
Night Lines (flau,2015)

collaborations:
Pawn - Tone Sketch (progressive form,2011)
Pawn - Glimmer of Sunlight (dynamophone,2011)
Hydrant House Purport Rife On Sleepy - Roll Over Post Rockers , So What Newgazers
(kilk,2011)
The Boats - Ballads Of The Research Department (12K,2012)
The Boats - Ballads Of The Dark Room (our small ideas,2012)
Geskia! - Silent Of Light (progressive form,2013)
Meeting By Chance - The One (meeting by chance,2014)
Kidkanevil - My Little Ghost (flau x project mooncircle,2014)
Smoug - Do Not Disturb (tokei,2014)
Praezisa Rapid 3000 - Miami/Mumbai (noble,2014)
Populous - Night Safari (bad panda,2014)

compilations:
Little Darla Has A Treat For You, Vol.28 Lucky 2013 (darla,2013)

shh#ffb6c1 (secret songs,2014)

 

Media

Interview by Bowlegs Music (2013)

From Us To You by Yours Truly (2013)

Interview by Dazed and Confused (2012)

Feature & Interview by Volume Magazine (2013)
Interview by Amazing Radio (2013)
Interview by Amelia Magazine (2012)
Interview by Bowlegs Music (2012)
Interview by A Negative Narrative (2012)
Interview by Home Normal (2010)


Press Quotes

There is something quite ultimate about Mayuko Hitotsuyanagi and the music she makes as Cuushe ...We read somewhere that Cuushe is taking this kind of music to the next level, but she's more - The Guardian

 

She sings with alien disguise; a Jonsi-like call to arms that speaks volumes and hones in at an inner peace. There’s a Grouper-like sparseness - This Is Fake DIY

 

Cuushe’s vocals waver, quiver and cling so closely to the music. She breathes fairly indecipherable sentences at a looking glass, they fog formlessly outward before fading away. - Igloo Magazine


Cuushe owes a big debt to the Cocteau Twins and 4AD, with dainty dream-pop that works the breathy, twee sheen and Beach House warmth.
- Liminal

 

Like The Colourfield crossed with Zero 7, the music of Cuushe is awash with layered vocals, delicate pianos and cinematic tinkly bits. This isn’t shoe-gazing, it’s star-gazing… - Classic Pop Magazine

 

her voice and dreamy sleep-inducing (hey the clues in the song titles don’t forget) musings prove illuminating. - God Is In The TV

 

she just writes such perfect, bliss-filled electronica that all geography dissolves beside her…a delight of luxurious textures and upbeat grooves. - The Blue Walrus

Cuushe’s tranquil vocals are showcased against halcyon hues of electronics so comforting that I want to wrap myself - Mostly Junk Food


Cuushe is ready to spread her wings into more dynamic grooves…It’s hypnotic and irresistible. - Turntable Kitchen