Since their first album in 1995, Japan's Nagisa Ni Te has created an enchanting and deeply personal sound world woven from elements of folk, psychedelia and rock along with wistful melodies and gentle arrangements. Centered on Shinji Shibayama (Hallelujahs) and Masako Takeda's partnership, the group has created intimate, emotionally resonant music that floats and breathes with an ease that can only come from a sort of telepathic chemistry. Released in Japan on the group's 25th anniversary, Newocean is a clear eyed, expansive collection of songs evoking love and loss, hazy sunshine and looming darkness, human yearning amidst nature's grandeur.
Black Editions is thrilled to present the first ever vinyl edition of this milestone album, cut at 45rpm in a double LP edition for maximum analog fidelity. Housed in a heavy tip-on gatefold sleeve with UV gloss, strike-through matte varnish and embossed finishing.
Shinji Shibayama : vocals, electric guitar
Masako Takeda : vocals, drums and cymbals
Takashi Yamada : bass
Masayuki Yoshida : Hammond organ, electric piano, keyboards
Naoki Zushi : lead guitar
All songs written by Shinji Shibayama and Masako Takeda
Recorded and mixed at LM Studio, Osaka, during July 2018 and August 2020
Engineered and tape operated by Ippei Suda
Mixed by Shinji Shibayama Masako Takeda and Ippei Suda
Remastered for Black Editions by Shinzo Owa at Studio YOU, Osaka
Vinyl mastering by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, L.A.
Photographs by Masako Takeda
Art direction by Nagisa Ni Te and Peter Kolovos
Design by Rob Carmichael, SEEN
English translation by Shinji Shibayama and Alan Cummings
Produced by Nagisa Ni Te for Org Records
and Black Editions Executive Producer: Peter Kolovos