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INORAN Goes Somewhere
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INORAN Goes Somewhere

After nearly two years, LUNA SEA’s cofounder and youngest member INORAN is finally releasing another solo work! The five-track mini-album, titled Somewhere, features a mix of uptempo rock tracks and serene, contemplative ballad. Notably, Somewhere is following in the tradition INORAN has established of writing lyrics predominantly or exclusively in English, a decision that has alienated some Japanese fans while inviting international audiences. INORAN has taken to English in most of his recent endeavors, including pop-punk project Muddy Apes.

But INORAN’s hope is that, no matter their mother tongue, his fans will have Somewhere to go.

INORAN’s Somewhere drops this Wednesday, March 19th, and will come in two types – Limited and Regular, as most fans of Japanese music are accustomed to. The Limited Edition, however, is a little more special: although it does follow the usual standard of including a DVD with a music video – in this case, the PV for the track “Sakura” – , the Limited Edition of Somewhere is also coupled with a snazzy LP-sized package featuring a 36-page photobook. For visual-philes and collectors alike, this may well offset the steep price tag.

Fans can preview (and leave comments on) the tracks on INORAN’s special promotional site for Somewhere via Soundcloud. From the snippets, we can confirm that INORAN is holding fast to the controversial decision to compose lyrics in English, although he has released official Japanese subtitles for the “Sakura” PV.

According to an interview with Yuuichi Masuda of Barks.jp, INORAN’s hope is that his songs will not be restricted by language, and that, regardless of the lyrics, fans will be able to comprehend his theme of transcendence: “even if the physical form is lost, the essence carries on.” He hopes, especially, to convey this message with “Sakura,” a song three years in the making, inspired by the inherent symbolism of cherry blossoms – the cyclical bloom, signifying life and death and rebirth, meeting and parting and reunion – , as well as INORAN’s own recent encounters with death and disaster.

To promote this long-awaited release, INORAN will be embarking on a brief, four-stop tour next month, taking him through Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo (twice). The earlier of the Tokyo dates had already sold out, so he’s added a second date at the same location (LIQUIDROOM Ebisu). Snatch your tickets while you can because it’s very unlikely there will be another date!

INORAN | New Mini-Album Somewhere
Release date March 19, 2014

KICS-93031

Limited Edition (CD + DVD + Photobook) ¥5775 (tax incl.)

CD
1. A Day Goes On By
2. REDISCOVER ON ANOTHER
3. Candy
4. Song 3
5. Sakura

DVD
1. “Sakura” PV


KICS-3031

Regular Edition (CD only) ¥1785 (tax incl.)

CD
1. A Day Goes On By
2. REDISCOVER ON ANOTHER
3. Candy
4. Song 3
5. Sakura

INORAN Tour 2014 -Somewhere-

April 4 (FRI) Osaka BIG CAT
OPEN 18:00 | START 19:00

April 5 (SAT) Nagoya BOTTOM LINE
OPEN 17:00 | START 18:00

April 12 (SAT) LIQUIDROOM Ebisu SOLD OUT!!
OPEN 17:00 | START 18:00

April 13 (SUN) LIQUIDROOM Ebisu
OPEN 16:00 | START 17:00

Tickets

Advance ¥5500* (drink fee excl.)

*Show your valid student ID on the day of the show and get ¥1000 cash back!

Source: INORAN OHP, INORAN Somewhere Special Site, Barks.jp

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