ATAK024 Midnight Swan

Keiichiro Shibuya

11 September 2020 Released

This is the new piano solo album by Keiichiro Shibuya, for the first time in 11 years from “for maria.”
The soundtrack he wrote for the film Midnight Swan (starring Kusanagi Tsuyoshi and directed by Eiji Uchida) was reconstructed as a piano solo. The entire two-hour film, from composition to recording, was completed in one week, all by himself in his own studio, in an unconscious process. With John Davis of London’s Metropolis Studios, who worked on FKA twigs and U2, as mastering, a next level of solo piano album was born, with a perfect combination of three-dimensional acoustics, sound pressure intensity and microscopic precision. The 14 fragments here will never leave your ears and memory.


The album cover features a photograph of No.223, aka Lin Zhipeng, who has been influencing young people with his personal photos and texts on his blog since the early 2000s, and who was also a great admirer of the late Ren Hang. He is also known for his influence. The fragmentary photographs of young people in a conservative cultural context, with traces of love, sorrow and political activism that he cut out of his own wavering body of work, echo the work of Shibuya himself, who in a very short period of time could be said to have described his unconsciousness using only the piano as if it were automatic writing, creating a collaboration that gives a hint of future developments.


▶ ON SALE from September 11th: ATAK WEB SHOP


▶ Purchase privilege of the album
Buy two or more copies of any of the tracks from ATAK WEB SHOP, including this one, and get the autograph by Keiichiro Shibuya.


▶︎ Track List
01. midnight swan
02. bus
04. tears
06. rain
08. lesson
09. Lust
10. anger
11. lament
12. bed
13. mother
14. sea


▶ Credit

Produce, Composition, Piano: Keiichiro Shibuya (ATAK)
Recording : Keiichiro Shibuya at ATAK TOKYO Studio (July, 2020)
Piano tuning: Megumi Omamiuda
Mixing: Toshihiko Kasai (studio ATLIO)
Mixing Assistant: Tomomi Baba
Mastering: John Davis (Metropolis Studios)
Photograph: Lin Zhipeng (aka.No.223)
Design: Ryoji Tanaka (Semitransparant Design)
Production: ATAK


Special Thanks: CULEN Inc., Takehito Masui, Eiji Uchida, Takeshi Moriya, Jiro Yamada, Tomoki Matsumoto, Takayuki Kobayashi, Pierre-Yves Martinez, Emmanuel Duriez, Seiji Murai, Soichi Ono, Yusuke Toyoura