We come from nowhere and fade back there again, leaving the foggy dreams and obscure anxieties of this life behind when we go. Life is enigma, and with great respect for the vagaries of this truth, Masaki Batoh's Nowhere reaches out of the darkness, with strings of steel and voices echoing out of time.
In the summer of 2018, Masaki Batoh (ex Ghost, The Silence) held sessions at GOK Sound in Tokyo, with the goal of making his fourth solo album. With a pure folk singer approach, he started the recordings with a basic live performance of guitar with vocal, using only two mics. If more elements were needed, they would be added - but most important to him was to capture the performance as immediately as possible. Many of the lyrics of Nowhere, sung in English, Japanese, and on one song, Latin, reference his younger days as well, when traveling the world and witnessing for himself the majesty and shame of humanity.
The sound of Nowhere reflects with dimensional richness the world that Batoh has been traveling since those early days - a vast space echoing with the music of many eras, played and sung in tongues of many nations. This is a world where the guitar can play songs as they've been played for centuries, or play in a hauntingly hallucinogenic style, or, as in the closing track, play with an open mind and heart, thinking about these things without knowing exactly where it will end.
The theme of Batoh's music is finding a common tradition in all these various musics, to bring them forward in his own style and provoke a shared desire to promote humanity in the audience. Batoh has opened the door for you - if you are able to pass through, Nowhere is waiting for you on February 1st, 2019.
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