Haru Nemuri Releases New Album “Shunka Ryougen”
Japanese poetry singer, songwriter and rapper, Haru Nemuri released her new full album, “Shunka Ryougen” today. The album, which contains a massive twenty-one songs, is available on digital and vinyl.
Haru recently completed a string of SOLD OUT North American tour dates, finally being able to perform after rescheduling four times due to the pandemic. She stunned crowds in Brooklyn, NY, Chicago, IL, Dallas, TX, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, culminating at SXSW 2022, where she was announced by the Austin Chronicle and Paste Magazine as the one of the best performances they saw at the festival and played with iconic punk band, Pussy Riot.
Fans were thrilled to see new music released from Haru throughout 2021 with the singles and music videos for “Ikiru”, “bang”, “Inori Dake Ga Aru”, Seventh Heaven”, “Old Fashioned” and “ Deconstruction”. All of this can be found on ‘Shunka Ryougen’.
Few teenagers are also inspired by American post-hardcore icons such as Fugazi and Japanese avant-garde music legend Susumu Hirasawa, but therein lies the magic of Haru Nemuri and the work that she has created over the past five years.
The album follows his debut album “Haru to Shura”, released in 2018. On it, Haru created songs with elements of “modern urban innocence, restraints and seamlessness, which therefore created a sensation of tension and compactness”.
Over time, she says her beats and riffs developed “a sense of greater breadth in natural space” that would have been difficult to produce before. “I am now able to create sounds that are even closer to the ideal,” she adds. “When I have song ideas, I’m just a go-between to help bring them to life. I strive to fulfill that role.”
Haru has always made music for herself first, but now the world is listening – even if they don’t understand a word of the Japanese language in which she frequently sings, raps and shouts. Haru has built a devoted following through extensive touring in Japan and other parts of Asia, and sold out numerous shows in Europe during his first trip there in 2019, which included a performance at legendary Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona.
The 6 previously released singles, including “Ikiru”, offer a fascinating insight into where Haru’s music lives. “Bang” and “Old Fashioned” merge Haru’s rapped vocals over heavy, distorted guitar riffs, while the vocal overlay on “Inori Dake Ga Are” gradually becomes more and more disorienting, until Haru screams loudly and the guitars reach a deafening volume.
The shoegaze and alt-rock “Seventh Heaven” was written for the movie (“Colorless”), which she says “helped me see a new side of myself. After hearing it in the movie , I was amazed to be able to write this music.”
Listen to the new album here: