Fusion of the ukulele and the unique atmosphere in Kyoto
COVER GIRL by Tsuji Ayano
Tsuji Ayano, 33 years old, she is one of musicians from Kyoto. She was born in Kyoto city and grew there. Debuted in 1999, and she has kept creating many songs. Uniquely, she wears glasses and plays ukulele, it’s her own style. That must be impressive in Japanese pop music scene.
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The CD which recorded some songs Ayano played in her hometown, Kyoto is COVER GIRL that consists of two CDs. As the title shows, she covered various masterpiece songs and her charm as a singer was condensed on the CDs. By the way, two of COVERGIRL are separated as tokyo side and as kyoto side, for the places where Ayano's play was recorded.
Which we specially mention is kyoto side. Surprisingly, songs on kyoto side were recorded not at studios in Kyoto but at places in connection with her own life. By the way, songs on tokyo side were recorded at studios. The CD shows you her covering with her own ukulele accompaniment at her parents’ home or her regular live house and it is very great! You can enjoy listening to the tunes in the unique atmosphere since there is fusion of the unique atmosphere in Kyoto and her own style.
For example, “Cherry”the first song on kyoto side. It is a masterpiece Spitz, a Japanese rock band, released in 1996. Ayano played it on Kamogawa. You can listen to her vocal, the ukulele sound and sounds around Kamogawa, so another charm of the number appears on kyoto side.
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Individually, the sixth song“Wakaretemo-Sukinahito (means a person to love although apart)”is favorite. It is originally a duet number but other charm is felt with singing to the accompaniment of her ukulele. Other songs are all good. There will be ordinary on COVER GIRL because oldness is never felt though it was released in 2004. Why not check it out with COVER GIRL 2 that was released in 2008?
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