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Ryuichi Sakamoto will release his first original album in six years, since "async" released in 2017.
The album “12” is a collection of 12songs selected from the musical sketches he recorded like a sounddiary, during his two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.
Each song is titled by the date the song was recorded.
Artwork for the album was created by renowned artist Lee Ufan for whom Sakamoto has enormous respect.
A Message from Ryuichi Sakamoto :
In early March 2021, I finally “came home” to my new temporary housing after a big operation and a long stay in the hospital.
Around the end of March, just as my body was feeling a little lighter, I found myself reaching for the synthesizer. I had no intention of composingsomething, I just wanted to be showered in sound.
I just had a feeling that it’ll have a small healing effect on my damaged body and soul.
Up until then, I barely had the energy to listen to music, let alone play anything.
But after that day, I began to occasionally touch the keys of the synthesizer and piano and I began to record little sketches of sounds as if to write a diary.
I tried choosing 12 of my favorite sketches for this album. There are no adornments—I’m intentionally putting them out as is.
From now on,until my body gives out, I’ll probably continue to keep this kind of“diary”.