New single!

Cover art by Nakamura Yusuke

Solanin is the theme song for the movie of the same name starring Aoi Miyazaki, can’t wait to see that one!

cole grifter

December 3, 2009

This August, I had the honor to design and do illustrations on a CD cover for a local B.C. band from Victoria, Cole Grifter. Michael, the bassist and my old boss just sent me a copy of the CD.

Here’s the actual design and logo:

the garden of everything

December 3, 2009

Another Yoko Kanno (Majority of the music I own is Yoko Kanno, so bear with me) production featuring her protegee, Maaya Sakamoto and Steve Conte from the New York Dolls (!!). The lyrics are written by the eccentric Tim Jensen, and it is a beautiful poem about parallels. The Garden of Everything was written for RahXephon, an animated series just as eccentric and surreal that deals with the theme of love in a post-apocalyptic world. Illustration and design was all by Yamada Akihiro, a artist previously posted.

The series still remains close to my heart through using music as a main element, and a universal tale told in a unconventional way.

kissing the christmas killer

November 23, 2009

From Yoko Kanno’s studio album, 23 o’clock Music (23時の音楽)featuring Maaya Sakamoto

A song that fights the demons in sleep.

I was heaven sent
Traded for the words I swore that
Every piece of me would still belong
Forever and a day
To someone who cared
Whatever there may be
Ever there may be

You came along
Now I’m going all against the
Promises that I made, and here I am
Falling for your love
Or am I lost in heaven
I don’t know any more
Don’t know any more

Judgement will be made
On a Christmas day
Hiding in the snow, he’s prying me

“Toys if you’ve been good
Knives if you have not”
Better steal a kiss ‘fore I’ll be gone
I’ll be gone

go to “rakuen”

November 16, 2009

Go to “Rakuen” is a piece composed by the much beloved Yoko Kanno for Wolf’s Rain, one of the most touching animated stories I’ve ever watched. The series is produced by the powerhouse animation firm Bones, and the plot is simply amazing. The soundtrack for Wolf’s Rain is one of Kanno’s most famous works and was featured at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s “KRAZY” exhibition a few years back. I still remember sitting in that room for a good 2 hours just listening to the various soundtracks, but Wolf’s Rain was always my favourite.

Rakuen (楽園)translates to Paradise in Japanese  and throughout much of the story, that is what the characters are searching for. From beginning to end, the piece is like a journey and really reflects the trials and tribulations of the wolves. I still remember the first time I heard it, I was speechless and stunned and was left in tears.  Enjoy.