The Black Rain is the third album from the Tokyo-based neoclassical/alternative ensemble, Anoice.
Aside from Anoice, the music group Ricco Label is made up of many other wonderful projects: the solo work of Takahiro Kido and Yuki Murata (who are both members of Anoice), RiLF, films, mokyow, cru, as wel as some secret projects yet to come!
Be immersed by the grand orchestration of piano and strings that often manifest a destructive beauty with the addition of vivid noise and rhythms. Recorded in Tokyo and London, this album contains excellent tunes such as "colder than thermite," which served as background music for the Louis Vuitton iPad application. "ripple," was made for "Variations of Silence," a neoclassical music compilation album planned by Tower Records. And "drops" was made for "More Hope for Japan", a charity compilation album.
In addition, four music videos are now available to view on YouTube: "ripple" directed by Patryk Seni Senwicki and Tamas Kiss in Austria, "white paper" made by Ukrainian art unit SYN and Anoice member Takahiro Kido, and the videos for "finale" and "drops" were created by the members of Anoice themselves.
The Black Rain was released on year after the Great East Japan Earthquake, may the victims of the disaster find peace.
released February 14, 2012
produced by Ricco Label
track.1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 composed by Takahiro Kido
track.4 composed by Takahiro Kido, Utaka Fujiwara
track.6 composed by Yuki Murata
Takahiro Kido : piano, guitar, organ, glockenspiel, wurlitzer piano
Yuki Murata : piano, synthesizer, organ, harmonic pipe
Utaka Fujiwara : viola, wurlitzer piano
Takahiro Matsue : bass, tenor sax
Tadashi Yoshikawa : drums, percussion
Jyunko Tabira : violin
mio : harp
Bea : vocals
recorded and mixed by Takahiro Kido
mastered by Hiromits Shoji
illustration by Yoko Shinto
art direction & design by Takahiro Kido
Official Website anoice.com