WAKEN

by Cuushe

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noerrorinmymemory
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noerrorinmymemory I was so happy to see a new release from Cuushe, and I really enjoy it. I hope she's doing well... Favorite track: Beautiful.
IDKWITA
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IDKWITA Gloomy and beautiful, thank you for making this. Favorite track: Magic.
Puru
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Puru Incredible. Beautiful. Thank you and welcome back! Favorite track: Spread.
Ryusei Nakaya
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Ryusei Nakaya 待望のCuushee新作アルバム。
これまでのようなChillwave色の強い楽曲は勿論、EmergencyやNot to Blameのようなダンスミュージック的な楽曲も光る。
ダンスフロアとベッドルームの二間を渡り歩く心地の良いサウンドはBurialやFloating Pointsを彷彿とさせる。 Favorite track: Not to Blame.
Nick Shook
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Nick Shook The ethereal sonic pallets, iconic vocals, and beautiful song writing makes this album an absolutely magical listen. The immense anticipation I had absolutely paid off and this album's easily one of my favorites from this year.

Thank you, and welcome back Cuushe!! Favorite track: Not to Blame.
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1.
Hold Half 03:20
2.
Magic 03:37
3.
Emergence 05:57
4.
Not to Blame 03:13
5.
Nobody 03:32
6.
Drip 03:38
7.
Beautiful 03:11
8.
Spread 06:07

about

It’s early morning. You wake up from a dream. It’s still dark. You’re full of uncertainty, but also hope. That’s the spirit that longtime Flau family member Cuushe is capturing on her new album WAKEN.

Cuushe has lived what could be described as a dreamy life, changing residences between different global cities around the world: Kyoto, Osaka,Tokyo, London and Berlin. But after the traumatic experience of harassment the dream seemed to have ended. She became keenly aware of feeling powerless.

But, rediscovering herself during this period, and following a hospitalization earlier in 2020, Cuushe has shed the fog of her previously dream-pop creations and put the clear outlines of reality on her music. Opening up with the cold morning light of ‘Hold Half’, WAKEN moves through flamboyant analog synthesizers that seem to communicate with the universe, distorted guitars and mille-feuille-layered choruses, such as on the touching ‘Beautiful’. Wildly struck snares and beats recall the rave sounds of the '90s, energetic, carefree.

It results in a dense dance floor of sound, from the UK garage-tinged rainy night feel of ‘Emergence’ and the shuffling tick of ‘Drip’, all the way to the tumble of vital drum and bass-flavoured beats in ‘Not to Blame’. With this strong percussive foundation, WAKEN thumps with a heartbeat of self-expansion and solidarity, an exercise in freedom. Cuushe’s voice — once hazy, indistinct — is now stronger, louder and clearer than ever, looking forward into the light.

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released November 20, 2020

artwork by Yoko Kuno
design by A+A, Paris

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