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Hinako Omori - a journey with friends...

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Earlier this year London-based artist Hinako Omori released her debut full-length album, ‘a journey…’ to high critical acclaim. Now, Hinako follows it with details of 'a journey with friends...' in which she invites peers to rework the delicate, soothing sounds on the original record. 'a journey with friends...' will be released on July 29th 2022.

'a journey...' saw Omori experimenting with the physical and psychological effects of different frequencies, meditating on healing and soothing sounds and taking inspiration from the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or forest-bathing. On 'a journey with friends...', the tracks offered a new perspective from Patricia Wolf, Matt Robertson, Akiko Haruna, Foodman and Coby Sey, as well as one track re-worked by Hinako herself. Speaking on the collaborations, she comments: "I am very happy and honoured to collaborate with close friends and favourite artists, and hearing reimagined versions of the album tracks being taken on an entirely new journey has been magical."

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Hinako Omori:

Hinako Omori began realising her own creative visions as a solo artist four years ago, beginning with the transportive 12" single ‘Voyage’ (May 2019). This was shortly followed up with EP ‘Auraelia’ (Nov 2019), which was inspired by a period in which she experienced intense migraines that were accompanied by auras and other visual distortions.

Omori is a composer who thinks deeply about her music, and provides generously to her listeners. Born in Yokohama, Japan, she moved to the UK when she was three years old and lives in London. She began her musical path learning classical piano, later training as a sound engineer, and has since moved into working with analogue synths (on ‘a journey...’ she uses a Prophet 08 and Moog Matriarch).

Previous to releasing her own solo material she toured with and played on records by a raft of critically acclaimed musicians, including Kae Tempest, Georgia, and EOB, among many others, but it is her work in sound engineering that provides the bedrock of skills that manifest her vision for ‘a journey...’, articulating a whole world in binaural field recordings, analogue synthesisers and augmented vocals.