Cuushe

Cuushe aka Mayuko Hitotsuyanagi, is releasing her new album Waken on November 20th via Flau, her first collection of new music since 2015’s Night Lines EP.

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, Cuushe has shed the fog of her previously dream-pop creations and put the clear outlines of reality on her music.

The video for "Magic, is a cross section of Japanese talent as it’s directed by Tao Tajimawith with some beautiful hand-drawn animation from Yoko Kuno.


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, 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.


Shedding the fog and haze of dream-pop, Cuushe puts clear outlines on her music with new album WAKEN—a collection of vital, dance floor-ready beats and analog soundscapes woven with her newly freed voice.

WAKEN is out this Friday 11/20 on Flau.


B I Z Z A R R E  ©  2 0 2 0 

Independent Music Digest