Written by Prim on 23/11/2020
Japanese Pop Outfit UQiYO To Release Dreamy Pop Collab Single ‘lo V er’ With Singaporean Artist MARICELLE
Taken From Forthcoming Album Due in Q1 2021
Japanese Pop Music Project UQiYO are no stranger to Southeast Asia, with a previous single, ‘FLy’ released under Singaprean independent music label, Umami Records, at the start of 2020. UQiYO has announced the release of a brand new dreamy pop single, ‘lo V er’, a collaborative single with Singaporean artist MARICELLE. ‘lo V er’ will be made available on all digital streaming platforms on 6 November 2020.
As if they already felt the world’s momentum before the COVID-induced lockdown, UQiYO came up with the idea of a song expressing, “Being physically separated from loved ones, but connecting the heart and soul by transcending time and space“. Having met in Japan before the COVID pandemic, both UQiYO and MARICELLE used one of UQiYO’s unfinished loop tracks, and recorded the single in separate rooms without seeing each other’s faces. “I wondered what kind of colour we would be able to produce if we were to put all our energy into a bucket of paint.” UQiYO shares, “The purpose of making separate rooms for the recording was so that there was a completely different sound in terms of quality of the speakers and what was heard was only the vocals which came and went into each other’s rooms. At first one might feel a sense of discomfort in this sound phase (if we can call it that), but as we gradually progress in the song, we hope that listeners will be able to notice our succession in feeling the love that has transcended through time and space.” ‘lo V er’ takes on an effortless approach to melody and vocals coupled together which will leave you engrossed from the start to finish of the song.
Having collaborated with many outstanding creators in the music and art industry, UQiYO has an upcoming album which will include the single ‘lo Ver’, as well as other collaborations from artists in Southeast Asia. The album is slated to be released in Q1 of 2021. Further information will be shared at a nearer date.
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UQiYO is a Japanese music project started by Yuqi Kato (vocals) and Satoshi Shimada (drums & percussion) in 2010. UQiYO is well versed in rock, ethnic music and jazz. The music, which takes its name from the word “ukiyo”(a floating world), blends in with everyday life, while its ‘sound image’ and ‘philosophy’ transports the listener to the extraordinary.
UQiYO has had more than 3 million plays on Spotify and have since partnered with Namy & Inc, ran by Yutaka Takanami who is part of Japanese music creative outfit AmPm. UQiYO has recently been deeply pursuing the music expression as folklore. The music outfit has been involved in a wide range of projects, including collaborations and remixes with Chitose Hajime, Zooey Wonder, Keito Sakai, Pt. Ajay Pohankar and others, as well as being asked to compose music, a first for Monkey Majik. In July 2019, UQiYO also contributed music and acted in “As You Like It” directed by Hirotaka Kumabayashi. UQiYO is also big on collaborating with outstanding creators in different art industries, performing in various spaces.