All composed by Taku Sugimoto. Words by Ikuhiro Yamagata, Taku Sugimoto, Minami Saeki, and Kamenosuke Ogata. Minami Saeki: vocal, triangles, wooden chair. Taku Sugimoto: guitar, ratchet. Wakana Ikeda: flute.
Recorded outside at Hanegi Park and on a street in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, December 19, 2016, and at and around Koganei Park, Tokyo, December 30 and 31, 2016. Includes liner notes by Taku Sugimoto in Japanese and English (translation by Ryoko Akama). Released in February 2017.
"Songs is an album full of what are seemingly opposites: avant-garde, yet beautiful, conceptual, yet simple, minimal, yet full, composed, yet free. It's an album that can easily be enjoyed in the foreground or the background; it could fill a meditative yoga studio or be the subject of musical research. It can be easily loved by fans of avant-garde music or those just looking to bliss out. And for those wondering if a vocal album in Japanese may be hard to enjoy, as I'm sure I have very few (with that number approaching 0) Japanese readers, I can confidently say that, having heard the English lyrics of Saritote and having noticed the simple repeated phrases here, don't worry about it" exceprt from Connor Kurtz review for FreeJazzblog