signs from the past

by films

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The beauty always embraces the sadness.

This is the third album 'signs from the past' from Films, a dark fantasy unit featuring two female vocalists who sing in their own originally created languages and the magnificent classical sound which supports their beautiful melodies. They express their own music 'dark fantasy music' that has also been highly praised by Nobuo Uematsu who is famous as the music composer for Final Fantasy series.

This album also features Calu, the vocalist of Matryoshka, a Japanese popular electronica unit. You can find a beautiful tapestry made of Films' unconstrained high tone voices and Calu's gentle warm voice. In addition, all tracks were composed by Yuki Murata who is the pianist admired by many musicians such as Ryuichi Sakamoto and Takeshi Kobayashi. The music comprises of Anoice, a cinematic instrumental music group, who played all the instruments, Anoice member, Takahiro Kido, arranged and mixed, and at finally, KASHIWA Daisuke who is a leading composer of destructive electric music, did the mastering works. Combined, they present the finest melodies and sounds created by a dream team formed of many artists who are representative of the Japanese music scene.
This album contains tunes such as ‘ kumoito’, featuring a beautiful melody like a theme song of Studio Ghibli's movie, 'gentle rain', a magnificent orchestral music which invites tears to you, and 'sympathizer' which expresses Films music of dark fantasy. All the tracks are masterpieces which have a beauty in no way inferior to that of Sigur Rós and Björk.

You can also get a CD including Films' unreleased track and a remixed track created by KASHIWA Daisuke, a post card designed by Naoko Okada who was not only the illustrator for this release, but also Anoice and Yuki Murata's albums, and Ricco Label's music catalog CD; All of which are also part of the CD package deals only available on the Ricco Label website.


released November 3, 2016

produced by Ricco Label

All Tracks Composed by Yuki Murata
Arranged by Yuki Murata, Takahiro Kido

films: Vocal
calu: Vocal
Yuki Murata: Piano, Synthesizer, Rhodes Piano, Glockenspiel
Utaka Fujiwara: Violin, Viola
Jyunko Tabira: Violin
Wakana Sawada: Violin
Takahiro Kido: Synthesizer, Organ, Guitar, Bass
Saiko: Flute
Tadashi Yoshikawa: Drums, Percussion

Recorded by Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata
Mixed by Takahiro Kido
Mastered by KASHIWA Daisuke

Illustration by Naoko Okada
Art Direction & Design by Takahiro Kido, RAKU-GAKI


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