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Yuka Honda — Memories Are My Only Witness (2002)

Yuka Honda — Memories Are My Only Witness (February 26, 2002) (Tzadik)

 Yuka Honda — Memories Are My Only Witness Yuka Honda — Memories Are My Only Witness (February 26, 2002) (Tzadik)••   Memories Are My Only Witness is the debut solo album from Cibo Matto member Yuka Honda, released by Tzadik in 2002. Honda is helped on the album by Duma Love, Timo Ellis, Brundt Abner, Dougie Brown, Bill Ware, and Rick Lee.Birth name: 本田ゆか
Location: Tokyo, Japan, Germany and Denmark, Aix–en–Provence, France • New York City, NY, USA
Genre: electronic, soul, synth pop, breakbeat
Album release: February 26, 2002
Record Label: Tzadik
Duration:     42:50
Tracks:
01. Small Circular Motion     1:30
02. Why Do We Distrust The Machines We Made?     8:07
03. You Think You Are So Generous. But...     5:06
04. Driving Down By The Hudson River...     0:45
05. Sun Beam...     3:37
06. Single Silver Bullet     2:40
07. Some Days I Say In Bed For Hours     2:01
08. Schwaltz     4:41
09. The Last One To Fall Asleep With     3:58
10. Night Diving     7:40
11. Liberation #6 — Leaving The Memories Behind     2:45
Written:
••   Yuka Honda     1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
••   Yuka Honda / Duma Love     2
••   Yuka Honda / Rick Lee     11
CREDITS
••   Brandt Abner Keyboards
••   Dougie Bowne Congas
••   Heung–Heung "Chippy" Chin Design
••   Timo Ellis Bass (Electric), Guitar (Electric)
••   Yuka Honda Bass, Composer, Drum Programming, Engineer, Guitar (Electric), Keyboards, Mastering, Producer, Sampling, Sequencing Programmer
••   Scott Hull Mastering
••   Rick Lee Composer, Sampling
••   Duma Love Bass, Beats, Composer, Keyboards, Rhythm
••   Kazunori Sugiyama Associate Producer
••   John Zorn Executive ProducerAllMusic Review by Thom Jurek;  Score: ****
•   At long last the songwriting and sound sculpting force behind Japan's wonder trio Cibo Matto steps out from behind the curtain. Yuka Honda, the sampler queen and drum machine goddess, has issued a solo album rife with delightfully offbeat instrumentals and humorous musical asides that are assembled in stained–glass window fashion for maximum dazzle and minimal distress. Honda is joined by members of the Cibo Matto family here in Timo Ellis and Duma Love adding percussion, basses, and guitars, as well as by Bill Ware, Rick Lee, and Dougie Browne. •   Honda's pieces range from the pure musical interludes of "Small Circular Motion" to the fragmentary soundscape–streaked "Driving Down by the Hudson River, We Saw the Blood Red Burning Sky" to the deeply fractured groove–laden as in "You Think You Are So Generous but I Think It's the Most Conditional Thing I Ever Heard–Jumping the Gap Between Me & Myself." Here, canned percussion meets organic in the establishment of the deep pocket upon which funky synths and razored guitars open it up from the inside. Also notable is the three–part suite, "Why Do We Distrust the Machines We made?," and the jazzy, atmospheric "Night Driving," with its modal piano chords striated across an echoed horn–like backdrop and hung there on an airy, somehow eerie frame to soothe and weird out listeners. The humor is always intentional and delightful here. No matter how many times this one is spun it won't wear out; something new pops out of the canny mix and intricately structured soundscapes constantly. (Allmusic.com)
Website: http://www.damoon.net/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/YukaCHonda
INTERVIEW
••   http://www.timeout.jp/en/tokyo/feature/2345/Yuka-Honda-The-interviewBIOGRAPHY
••   Honda was born in Tokyo, Japan, and spent a few years of her childhood in Germany and Denmark. She went to school in Aix–en–Provence, France then moved to New York City in November 1986. She had some classical training in her childhood but never thought that she would become a musician. When she came to New York, she was writing for a Japanese food magazine.
••   In 1988, she hit her first stage at CBGB's as a keyboard player with Greg Cohen and Michael Blair. In 1989, she started the band "The Flaming Hoops" with boyfriend then husband Dougie Bowne, E.J. Rodriguez and Erik Sanko and recorded a self–titled album on which she plays a duet with Michael Brecker. In 1990, she joined Jazz Passengers in their musical play "Jazz Passengers in Egypt", and she appeared in their live album Live at Knitting Factory. She also joined a live hip–hop band "Rhythm Method", then a funk band Brooklyn Funk Essentials, but her main focus was the band she started with husband Dougie Bowne and Marc Anthony Thompson, Hope Is a Muscle. In 1992, she played Queen Elizabeth Hall in South Bank, London, supporting Arto Lindsay along with Marc Ribot, Bernie Worrell and Brian Eno.
••   In 1993, Honda met Miho Hatori while working with the band Leitoh Lychee. The two formed their own band, Cibo Matto, in March 1994, by which time Honda had divorced from Bowne. The unique formation of the band in which Hatori was the singer who sang all the songs in relation to food and love, and Honda was the only instrumentalist where she played live electronics and made the sound of a full band, generated a quick sensation in the city, and they signed the record deal with Warner Brothers before the year was over. In 1995, they recorded their debut album Viva! La Woman with Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake. During the same year, they met Russell Simins when they opened up for Blues Explosion, and started the band Butter 08 with Mike Mills, Evan Bernard and Rick Lee. Honda produced their self–titled album with Simins. Both Cibo Matto and Butter 08 released their albums in 1996.
••   She was in a romantic relationship with Sean Lennon from 1996 to 2000, and produced his 1998 album Into the Sun. The two met when Honda remixed Yoko Ono's song "Talking to the Universe" (from the album Rising), along with Thurston Moore, Tricky, Beastie Boys and Ween. Cibo Matto invited Lennon and Timo Ellis to join the band as they started to tour frequently. From 1996 to 2000, Honda toured extensively with all three projects she was involved in.
••   Also in 1996, Cibo Matto worked with the film director Michel Gondry on their single Sugar Water, a highly artistic music video in the form of a visual palindrome.
••   Cibo Matto broke up in 2001. Her work since then seems to be concentrated more in the downtown New York scene, working with musicians such as Dave Douglas, Susie Ibarra, Vincent Gallo, Trevor Dunn, Jim O'Rourke and John Zorn, for whose label Tzadik Honda recorded her two solo albums. In 2003, Honda collaborated with Boredoms drummer Yoshimi P–We, under the name Yoshimi and Yuka.
••   In 2005, Honda worked for Hal Willner at Expo 2005 for the 3D animation which was directed by Robert Wilson. She also sang on the Dopo Yume album The Secret Show.
••   In 2006 Honda played keyboards on Sean Lennon's album Friendly Fire. She acted as musical director for the supporting tour.••   Honda worked on a collection of songs with Petra Haden, apparently with contributing performances by Sean Lennon and Trevor Dunn.
••   In 2007, she co–produced Irina Lazareanu with Sean Lennon. She also wrote songs and recorded with Edie Brickell on her new album The Heavy Circles.
••   in 2009, she worked on Yoko Ono's Between My Head and the Sky as assistant producer. She is also credited with mixing the album along with Yoko and Sean, and with "Pro–Tools Editing, sampler, e. piano, organ percussion."
••   In late 2009, early 2010 she performed as a member of the reformed Plastic Ono Band including concerts in Tokyo and New York, and also appeared as a member of the group The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. She also performed improvisational shows with Mike Watt and Nels Cline in the groups Floored by Four and Brother's Sister's Daughter. During this period she became romantically involved with — and subsequently engaged to — Cline. They married in Japan in November 2010. Since 2011, Honda has re–collaborated with Hatori for new Cibo Matto material, to culminate in 2014 with the release of the group's first album in 15 years, Hotel Valentine.••••  ••••  ••••  ••••  ••••  ••••  ••••  ••••  ••••  ••••  ••••  ••••  ••••  ••••  ••••  ••••

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