You may know AKIHIDE as the guitarist of the late FAIRY FORE, or in modern times, one of the three members of BREAKERZ, alongside DAIGO and SHINPEI. AKIHIDE is no stranger to solo work, having released his first solo album five months ago. Now, he’s about to see the release of his second.
Whereas the guitarist played and sang on every track for the former release, this time he’s decided to stick to acoustic guitar for an overall theme of “painful, gentle, strong” rock. The fully-instrumental album will be released in two types on October 30th, and each version will showcase a different photo of the artist himself on its cover.
Fans who purchase a copy of the CD from any of the participating CD shops around Japan can receive a special promotional poster with their album. The A-type poster will be available only from Tower Records (including the online shop), and the B-type poster will be widely available from many major CDs shops, including HMV, Tsutaya, Shinseido, and WonderGOO — as well as many minor shops.
Audio previews of tracks “Lapis Lazuli” and “Home” can be found on the album’s release page.
Lapis Lazuli – Limited Edition – ￥3700
October 30th release
*Includes a bonus 48-page photo book.
Lapis Lazuli – Regular Edition – ￥3059
October 30th release
*The track list is the same as the Limited Edition, but includes a 12th song, 「遠き山に日は落ちて」 (“Tooki Yama ni Hi wa Ochite”).
If the separate posters and bonus track aren’t enough to convince fans to pick up both copies, what better encouragement than to offer raffle prizes as well?
Anyone who picks up both copies and enters the artist’s raffle with their proofs of purchase will have an opportunity to win one of several special prizes!
● AKIHIDE “Lapis Lazuli” Original Guitar Artwork (1 prize)
An artistic blue guitar personally held and used by AKIHIDE in artist photos. Before production your name will be etched into the prototype guitar. (The prototype is different from the actual item.)
● AKIHIDE “Lapis Lazuli” Handwritten Signature on a B3 Panel (10 prizes)
AKIHIDE himself will choose his best shot from the photos taken for the special photo booklet from the limited edition CD to be turned into a panel for your name and his signature to be handwritten upon.
● AKIHIDE “Lapis Lazuli” Special Video (for all entrants)
An exclusive special video of AKIHIDE performing outdoors. (For PCs, smartphones, and feature phones. It may not work on every device.)
● AKIHIDE”Lapis Lazuli” Digital Wallpaper (for all entrants)
A collage wallpaper of AKIHIDE’s photos. (For PCs, smartphones, and feature phones. It may not work on every device.)
No album release would be complete with some in-store events, and there are two coming up in early November for “Lapis Lazuli.”
November 3rd @ Tower Records Shibuya
Basement floor 1 “CUTUP STUDIO,” 6:00 PM
Mini live and talk event.
*Hopeful participants must purchase both versions of “Lapis Lazuli” from Tower Records at the same time. Further details can be found here (Japanese).
November 4th @ Odaiba Venus Fort
Further details and store list can be found here (Japanese).