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17 songs for 17 paintings of the forest.
This is the sixth album 'The Hidden Forest' from Anoice, an instrumental music band featuring a dark and cinematic sound. Because of the effects of the spread of coronavirus, Anoice decided to cancel all upcoming tours in March last year, and after that, released new works from Anoice and the members' solo/side projects; Yuki Murata, RiLF, Films, Mizu Amane, Cru, and Tokyo Ambient Collective and took charge of soundtracks for movies and TV drama series, but have now finally completed Anoice's new album after the longest ever production period in their history.
This album 'The Hidden Forest' took inspiration from 17 paintings of the forest painted by Naoko Okada, and includes 17 songs with the same title as each of the paintings, with a total length of 72 minutes. It consists of mainly beautiful neo-classical songs played by a piano and string quartet such as the first lead single 'a perfect day for a funeral' and 'second coming', and also spectacular songs with dynamic drums like the powerful ground, such as the second lead single 'quiet wish' and 'the promised day' and sometimes quiet ambient music made of collaboration with the nature sounds such as 'into the light' and 'trickery and butterflies'. You can find similar themed melodies and patterns of the codes, with similar instrument formations through the whole album, but no two are identical, just like the leaves of trees within the forest.
In addition, one of the biggest features of this album production process is having used not only recording studios but also power of nature such as forests and rivers. You may be able to feel as though you are standing quietly in the forest via the songs with the sounds of animals such as birds, owls, insects, and flogs and the nature such as wind, water, and squeaking trees which were sometimes recorded in a foggy forest, sometimes in a dark forest in middle of the night, and sometimes in a forest where a strong wind blew.
This album with the tension in the air will be hopefully be remembered in history as one of the most beautiful dark music albums of all time.
Anoice is a Tokyo based cinematic instrumental music group formed by multi instrumentalists; Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata, Utaka Fujiwara, and Tadashi Yoshikawa. Their debut album 'Remmings' was released on Important Records, Boston in 2006. Their talent was also admired by internationally famous musicians Ryuichi Sakamoto, Nobuo Uematsu, and Christian Fennesz. Anoice then released their highly-praised 3rd album, 'The Black Rain' worldwide in 2012, via their own music label, Ricco Label, and also Important Records in US and Flowers Blossom In The Space in Russia. This album was selected as one of the top albums of the year by many music review websites. In 2015, Anoice released the 4th album 'into the shadows' recorded in not only Tokyo, but also London, Paris, Warsaw, and Moscow. One of the album tracks 'old lighthouse' became the #1 trending track on Spotify as Japanese artists, and 'invasion' was used as the credit roll tune of 'Girl Lost', a US movie which was the #1 trending movie on Amazon Prime Video. Two years later, Anoice released a compilation album 'selected works' featuring their ambient tracks on 1631 Recordings in Sweden and started to distribute it via Universal Music, they then embarked on European and Asian tours. In 2019, Anoice released three consecutive weekly singles in May, and then released the 5th album 'Ghost in the Clocks' made from lovely melodies and magnificent orchestral sounds in August, which Anoice expressed the world that follows their 3rd album 'The Black Rain'. This album and each song within the album became the #1 and top 10 most streamed/downloaded instrumental music on Apple Music and iTunes Store in USA, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, Spain, Russia, Belarus, Hungary, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Israel, Chile, Singapore, and Japan. In addition, Anoice recorded some songs from Anoice and the members' solo projects; Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata, with 30-piece orchestra in Moscow and has plans for releasing them and some concerts in Asia, Europe and US. In 2020, because of the effects of the coronavirus, Anoice decided to cancel all upcoming tours but soon after, they released their 4th EP 'invisible wall' which they can only be expressed at a time like this. And, in 2021, Anoice released their 6th album 'The Hidden Forest' after the longest ever production period in their history. This album took inspiration from 17 paintings of the forest painted by Naoko Okada, and includes 17 songs with the same title as each of the paintings, with a total length of 72 minutes. This was released not only on normal jewel case, but also number-limited A4-sized box version which included 17 separate extraordinary-printed paintings. The members of Anoice are also involved in various side projects such as; RiLF (an alternative-rock band formed by the members of Anoice and Calu, who is the vocalist of Matryoshka), Films (a dark classical music unit, featuring members of Anoice and two international female vocalists who sing in their own, originally created, languages), Mizu Amane (Films' side project featuring Japanese archaic languages which are no longer spoken), Mokyow (an instrumental rock band formed by Takahiro Kido and Tadashi Yoshikawa, and keyboardist Kenichi Kai) and Cru (a neo-classical music unit formed by Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata), as well as other secret projects. Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata also write and release work as solo artists.