Joe Downard released his debut album “Seven Japanese Tales” promoted by songs “Terror” and “A Portrait Of Shunkin”. The album was written as a suite, comprised of 7 pieces inspired by seven short stories by writer Junichiro Tanizaki featured in “Seven Japanese Tales”. The music features a range of moods and dynamics supported by soundscapes, analogue electronics and acoustic sextet. Joe Downard is a member of London quintet Waaju, which just released their second album on Olindo Records.
The album features five other rising stars of the London scene Alex Hitchcock on tenor sax, James Copus on trumpet, Will Barry on piano, Rupert Cox on synths and Felix Ambach on drums.
Watch below the video to Joe Downard two new songs “Terror” and “A Portrait Of Shunkin” from his debut album “Seven Japanese Tales”:
“This is a suite of music named and inspired by a collection of short stories by the great 20th -century Japanese writer Jun'ichirō Tanizaki. Narratives and characters are expressed through interweaving melodies that echo both within individual pieces and improvised passages, and throughout the music as a whole, creating a thread for the listener to follow over the course of the suite”, Joe explained his inspirations.
The album explores Joe Downard’s interest in Japanese literature and features seven compositions, each named after one of the stories. His musical inspiration is ranging from Radiohead and James Blake through Messiaen and Ambrose Akinmusire. “Seven Japanese Tales” features an augmented sextet lineup, including electronic elements and field recordings from Downard’s travels in Japan.
Listen below to Joe Downard two new songs “Terror” and “A Portrait Of Shunkin” from his debut album “Seven Japanese Tales”:
Joe Downard new album “Seven Japanese Tales” come out via Ubuntu Music on 12th June 2020.
Alex Hitchcock - tenor sax,
James Copus - trumpet,
Will Barry - piano,
Rupert Cox - synths
Felix Ambach - drums.
1. A Portrait Of Shunkin
3. Bridge of Dreams
4. The Tattooer
5. Aguri 07:33
6. The Thief
7. A Blind Man's Tale
Other wicked songs and projects worth checking this week:
Zara McFarlane - Black Treasure / Future Echoes
Joe Downard - Terror / A Portrait Of Shunkin
Graham Costello STRATA - Cyngus / Lyra
Ego Ella May - Give A Little / How Long 'Til We're Home
Prince Fatty, Shniece McMenamin and Horseman - Take Me As I Am
Hoodna Orchestra - Sof Layla (Ba Hoodna)
Jimmy Heath - Con Alma
Koma Saxo - Koma Mate
Ryan Porter - Madiba / Strasbourg St. Denis - Live
GoGo Penguin - Open
Mecca:83 - The Cypher
Leon Bridges, Terrace Martin - Sweeter
Jorja Smith - Rose Rouge
RoRo - Black - Palace of Me
Jo Kaiat, Noam David, Avishai Cohen - Koreduga la joie
Kahil El'Zabar, David Murray - Necktar
Kansas Smitty's - Temple of Bel
Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid - Same Prayer
Mulatu Astatke, Black Jesus Experience - Mascaram Setaba
Nikitch, Kuna Maze - Francis' Theme
Detroit Swindle, Jitwam - Coffee in the Morning - Radio Edit