I spoke too soon, one more from me before the Mac gets closed for the day. I’ve been vibin’ to this one all week, and I’m sure you’ll have it on repeat all weekend. KID A is a producer/songwriter from Virginia, who this past summer created an imaginary Japanese soundtrack entitled PPPONEY OST. Below, we get a remastered version of one of the album’s stand out tracks “BB Bleu” (I’d highly suggest downloading the rest of the project, as well). Later this year, she will be releasing her debut full length album, BLCKRSECHLL (Black Rose Chill), that is again completely self-written and produced. If you are as intrigued as I was by her sound, read her words on the PPPONEY OST project, after the jump, it’s all the more impressive considering Japanese is not her first language. And as you should know by now, you’ll be hearing plenty more music like this as soon as Okayfuture drops.[audio:http://static.okayplayer.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Kid_A-BB_Bleu.mp3|titles=KID A “BB Bleu”]
After recording my album at the studio in Paris during May of 2011, I returned home to Virginia feeling really bored, restless, and jetlagged. I started spending time online watching eighties Japanese commercials and watching lots of Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) videos. I’ve always been a Ryuichi Sakamoto fan, but I hadn’t really listened to his electronic group before; I downloaded everything I could find. In Japan, they’re the equivalent to Germay’s electronic forefathers, Kraftwerk. It was super fascinating and inspiring to discover their discography and watch their legacy online. I was hooked.
Since I studied some Japanese in high school and a bit in college, I really wanted to do something that translated how I felt discovering their music. It was like a gift to me, because I took some much away from hearing the different styles and compositions on each album. So, I decided to compose an imaginary, electronic Japanese soundtrack to honor the experience as well as challenge myself.
At first, production was super easy, but when it came to the lyrics and spoken work aspect I was a bit nervous. I’m not a native to Japan, therefore it’s an extremely foreign tongue to speak. ‘Is this going to work?’ I asked myself. But, no matter the feeling of uncertainty I had I was determined.
When I completed the production at home I felt so happy. The vibe and flow was beyond what I expected to create. It was such a reassuring moment for me as a producer, writer, and singer. It was so different from the first EP, In A Dream House, that dan le sac produced for me, and totally different from what transpired for my full length album in the studio in Paris. But, that sort of change, that creative leap was an important process for me.
Even though I’m a quiet voice in Virginia, I’m so grateful for the electronic tools I have to express my passions and connect to people world wide. It’s an awesome age we’re in for self produced musical creation and artistic revelation. I’m ready for the planet to get hip to my sound and vision.
I like ink and alcohol.... and I listen to music every now and then.