Where Japanese musicians used to move to Tokyo for a shot at the big time, these days it feels like increasing numbers of them are heading to Berlin instead. Mayuko Hitotsuyanagi, better known by her dream-pop alias Cuushe, was one of them. In 2012, the Kyoto native embarked on a yearlong working holiday in the German capital, where she got a taste for the city’s famous nightlife while producing her second album, “Butterfly Case.”
The experience seemed to have a galvanizing effect on her music: where Cuushe’s songs had once been dreamy to the point of soporific, “Butterfly Case” was considerably more focused, all shimmering synthesizers and loping four-four beats. In a few instances, notably on lead single “I Love You,” it sounded positively euphoric.
Unable to view this article?
This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.
Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.
If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.
We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.