Japanese musician Phew announces new album, New Decade


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July 14, 2021



Fractured electronics and empty jokes guided by ideas of lost futures.

Japanese musician Phew aka Hiromi Moritani releases new album titled New decade, via Mute in October.

A staple of Japan’s experimental music scenes, Moritani co-founded one of Osaka’s first punk bands, Aunt Sally, in 1978, before going solo as Phew and working with artists such as Ryuichi Sakamoto and Conny Plank.

Informed by ideas of lost futures, New decade sees Moritani combine fractured electronics with a drone, and empty jokes sung in English and Japanese.

As she explains: “During the 80s and until the 90s things progressed along a line from the past to the present to the future, but I think that has changed, especially since the beginning of the 21st. century. Personally, I have ceased to see a future stretching from the present.

New decade follows her Vertigo KO album, which was released on Disciples.

Pre-order New decade here ahead of its Oct. 22 release, check out the artwork and songlist below.

List of tracks:

1. Snow and pollen
2. Days Nights
3. In the flow
4. Comment setting
5. Flashfoward
6. Do nothing

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