Japanese artist Cuushe stays in constant motion. Raised in the culturally rich confines of Kyoto, she spent the years following childhood in neighboring Osaka before moving to Japan’s over- stimulating capital, Tokyo. Later, Cuushe would make London and then Berlin her home, bringing her first record, “Red Rocket Telepathy”, into existence alongside the time in Europe. The material was a reflection of her far-flung travels, fusing her eastern roots and more recent western reference points. Helping the album draw attention was an animated video for the track “Airy Me” by Yuko Kuno, who drew over 3,000 hand drawn sketches to create it.
In 2012 Cuushe released “Girl You Know That I Am Here But The Dream” on Tokyo tastemaker label flau, working with the label’s owner aus on its production. Her mesmerizing airy vocals served as the key instrument, underneath it a subtle musical world emerged, carefully wrapped around fragile dreams and memories. Time Out Tokyo declared it the “best Japanese album of 2012.” These served as a precursor to her widely acclaimed album of 2013’s “Butterfly Case”, which earned Cuushe the attention of a worldwide audience, with some comparing her to 4AD artists such as Cocteau Twins, or dubbing her sound as “dream pop”. The song-based electronic musings were recognized as being lovable and accessible, yet also foreboding and exotic – a combination of sounds that was deeply enchanting, balancing her beautiful voice with the dreamy music and delicate beats. The album drew attention from such media as Dazed and Confused, Fader, Gorilla vs. Bear, the Guardian and Pitchfork.
In 2015 Cuushe released the EP “Night Lines” on her based label flau and the American indie label Cascine. “Night Lines” is presented as a noir storybook, unfolding along four tracks to expose a haunting Japanese soundscape, complete with bad guys, funeral processions and skyscraper-sized floral arrangements. She has called it a story of “loneliness, instability and strength” set in nighttime Tokyo (where she is now based). The album art was made by illustrator Yoko Kuno, who had previously made her “Airy Me” video.
Cuushe toured with Julianna Barwick, Grouper and Julia Holter. as singer, she featured on the tracks by Iglooghost, Et Aliae, Populous, The Boats, Praezisa Rapid 3000 and many more.