shotahirama – Unhappy American Lost in Tokyo

Tokyo based sound artist, shotahirama‘s latest album “Unhappy American Lost in Tokyo”, is inspired by the idea of a person with dual nationality and multiple citizenship. It is an attempt to explore the themes of their loneliness, alienation, insomnia, existential ennui, and culture shock against the backdrop of a modern Japanese cityscape. Sounds move across a broad range of spheres from electronic based composition, through to evocative field recordings that seek to reveal those sound spaces largely ignored or inaudible. Capturing sounds as delicate as sand grains in motion, shota uses laptop computers to makes multilayered compositions that blend synthesized melody and conventional musical instruments with harsh, irregular glitch-influenced sounds and washes of white noise. shota also used field-recording materials (taken by shota himself) to create concrete noise for dynamic sounds of drone.

Filed under: Electronica, Field Recordings, Soundscape


01. Dark Night Of The Soul
闇の奥、魂の饗宴 (5:24)

02. No Where To Go
半分洞窟 (8:10)

03. I Come With The Rain
冷たく燃える大気と微震する地面 (9:41)

04. Shinjuku
新宿にて (10:58)

05. What Was Out There Disappeared
イメージの起源と消失の過程 (6:00)