Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Artists Behind Soprano Rain

Minna no Uta credits illustrator/painter/writer Emi Mariduki as an artist working with SAWA for her Soprano Rain short. She actually has written a small book with the same name. You can read it  here .

Emi Mariduki's work is beaaaautiful. Mainly using watercolor, she creates vividly colorful and surreal universes in her paintings.

As well as Emi Mariduki, animator Oomomo Yousuke is behind this project. Check out a lovely example of Oomomo's work below.

Also a little more info... Good day Sunshine as well as tracks 4, 5 and 6 are self-produced. On the title track, SAWA actually worked with a producer I'm not familiar with named Toshihiko Nishibe. It seems he's done work with a few anime soundtracks. Mysterious Zone was created with Jazzin' Park (who remixed Stars and produced I'm a President.) The Kyu Sakamoto cover I'm not sure on yet, but I believe it's acapella?

Friday, October 19, 2012


New SAWA mini-album out December 19th titled ソプラノレイン (Soprano Rain)!

1.ソプラノレイン (Soprano Rain)
2.Mysterious Zone
3. Good day Sunshine 
4. Try Again!
5. ハッピーバースデイ (Happy Birthday)
6.タイトル未定 (Yet To Be Titlted)
7.心の瞳 (Originally by Kyu Sakamoto)

The title song is the track being used for Minna no Uta.

The last track (which is a cover) and Happy Birthday she's performed live and of course, Mysterious Zone and Good day Sunshine were released as digital singles.

This mini-album is being released on indie label Bellwood Records. Whether she's still with Sony or not, I'm not sure.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

SAWA Participating in Minna no Uta!

SAWA has completed a new song for NHK TV and Radio Program みんなのうた (Minna No Uta/Everyone's Song)!!!

This follws in the footsteps of one of her own idols, Taeko Onuki, whom SAWA has covered twice. The first being メトロポリタン美術館 (Metropolitan Museum) which was actually used for Minna no Uta, the second being Samba de Mar.

So many well-known artists have participated in this program, including Shiina Ringo (Ringo no Uta AND Futari Bocchi Jikan) and Utada Hikaru (Boku wa Kuma).

The title of song she's composed is 「ソプラノレイン」 (Soprano Rain).

Many of the songs are aimed at children and are coupled with various animators to promote their art and collaborations all over Japan.

Check out Taeko Onuki's メトロポリタン美術館 below:

メトロポリタン美術館 OP by Milfy