Reclusive Japanese performer Illion has handed new track 'Brain Drain' to ClashMusic.
The Japanese music scene is a law unto itself. Melding Western influences with traditional culture, it has developed into a highly complex beast with artists rarely denting British audiences.
Already enormously popular in his native country, Yojiro Nada could be the exception. Selling more than three million records with previous band Radwimps, the songwriter is now embarking on a solo career under the name Illion.
Opting to sing in English, his material skirts between avant garde classical flourishes, rock and straight up pop. There's a beautiful, sweeping grandeur here which might appeal to fans of Ed Harcourt, or even Rufus Wainwright at his most tender.
Debut album 'Ubu' arrives on February 25th, and could well be the document which pushes Yojiro Nada into the British consciousness.
Check out preview cut 'Brain Drain' below – all tumbling piano and screeching violins it's well worth exploring.
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Illion has confirmed plans for a one off show:
17 London Shepherd's Bush Empire