Hideki Kaji - Japanese pop star, joyous person and old friend, invited me to write a song with him not long ago. I wrote lyrics and sang a vocal and Nick Palmer (Directorsound) contributed too. That original version is on Hideki’s album Löv Songs.
We recorded this Pastels version too, a confident half-cover, but not before Hideki faxed over the tabs of his beautiful, intricate guitar chords, and we (not me) curled our fingers into them. At the time I was thinking a lot about Ukichiro Nakaya and Andy Goldsworthy and I guess those formed the theme - astonishing snow art in contrasting scales. And scientific science.
Illuminum Song is the b-side to the ‘Check My Heart’ single.
Order the 7” here: http://www.dominorecordco.com/uk/singles/15-03-13/check-my-heart/
Slow Summits the album is released on the 27th May on LP, CD & Digital. Pre order the physical formats here: http://www.dominorecordco.com/artists/the-pastels/
Previously featured as the secret track on #AcidRap, “Paranoia” is Nosaj Thing and Chance The Rapper’s contribution to Yours Truly and adidas originals “Songs from Scratch” series.
Artwork by Mario Hugo
Watch/Listen to previous “Songs from Scratch” episodes from Shlohmo, Jeremih, Araabmuzik, Danny Brown, Joey Bada$$, Angel Haze, Lunice, Jacques Greene and Tinashe at http://yourstru.ly/songsfromscratch/