Journey

by 茜 -AKANE-

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    We teamed up with Berlin based designer Natalie Hanke for this beautiful CD package, with imagery and packaging designed exclusively for the physical release! (Note: the lyrics in the booklet are in Japanese, not Romaji.)

    Includes digital pre-order of Journey. You get 4 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it's released.
    digital album releases 29 September 2014
    item ships out on or around 26 September 2014
    edition of 400 

     $16 USD or more

     

  • Pre-order of Journey. You get 4 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it's released.
    releases 29 September 2014

     $10 USD  or more

     

1.
2.
Maboroshi
3.
05:17
4.
Honjo
5.
Tsubasa
6.
04:52
7.
Nambu
8.
Tenjiku
9.
Kaidan
10.
Yagibushi
11.
Machi (with Nobuo Uematsu)
12.
13.
Pirika (Takahiro Izutani Remix)
14.
Dragon's Waltz (Main Theme of Crimson Dragon - Piano Mix)

about

After a hiatus of 7 years, Saori Kobayashi (of Panzer Dragoon) and Yumiko Takahashi (of Suikoden) are finally back with their musical ensemble AKANE. Journey features new original music inspired by the Panzer Dragoon series of games, compositions from Crimson Dragon, Crimson Dragon: Side Story, and a special appearance by legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu (of Final Fantasy).

After composing the music for Microsoft's Crimson Dragon (Xbox One) and meeting Brave Wave's president Mohammed Taher, Kobayashi decided to revive AKANE in the form of a second album titled Journey. "Before encountering the series, I didn't focus on a specific type of music, but composing for Panzer Dragoon Saga and Panzer Dragoon Orta and experiencing these games made me interested in working with similar musical elements. A big part of AKANE is inspired by the Panzer Dragoon series."

~ A Note from Saori Kobayashi and Yumiko Takahashi ~

"We have been making music as AKANE since 2003, when the band was formed. Even though our last album release was a while ago, we have slowly been working on new material alongside our day jobs. In the seven years since the release of our first album, we have gained many fans who look forward to our music — we are truly, truly grateful for your continued support. Thank you so much for your patience! A few songs on this album have already been released in some form, but we hope you enjoy these new, reworked, more powerful renditions, which are more characteristic of what we call the “AKANE Sound.”

"We’re also very grateful to the people who learned of our music through games like Panzer Dragoon and Crimson Dragon. AKANE takes a different approach from the music of those games, mixing Japanese folklore with new, more modern sounds. As the title of the album suggests, AKANE is a band on a constant journey. We hope you will enjoy this new, mysterious journey with us!"

credits

releases 29 September 2014

All tracks written, arranged and produced by Saori Kobayashi except where stated otherwise.

Track 11: written by Nobuo Uematsu
Tracks 4, 7, 10: adapted from Japanese Folklore by Yumiko Takahashi
Tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9: lyrics by Saori Kobayashi
Track 11: lyrics by Kazushige Nojima
Track 12: remix and additional production by Jukio ‘Kozilek’ Kallio
Track 13: remix and additional production by Takahiro Izutani

Track 1 from Crimson Dragon (Xbox One)
Track 5 from Crimson Dragon: Side Story (Windows Phone)
Track 11 from Sakura Note (Nintendo DS)

茜 -AKANE- are: Saori Kobayashi (keyboard, piano, various instruments, recording) and Yumiko Takahashi (lead and backing vocals)

Executive Director: Mohammed Taher
Associate Director: Alexander Aniel
Technical Supervisor: Marco Guardia
Mastering Engineer: Dan Suter
Art Director & Designer: Natalie Hanke

Special thanks to Lauren Guardia.

Published and produced by Brave Wave Productions. Crimson Dragon is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. © 2014 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Sakura Note: ~Ima Ni Tsunagaru Mirai~ is a trademark of Marvelous Entertainment. © 2009 Marvelous Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.

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Track Name: Avalon
Haru niha(wa) shiroi hanabira wo minamo ni ukabe
Natsu niha(wa) aoi komorebi ni tawawa ni minoru

Shima no kaze ha(wa)
izuko yori huku
Minasoko hukaku ka daichi no hateka

Da-Na-Ya-E
Maneki yoseru Da-Na-Ya-E Da-Na-Ya-E
Sazameki yobu Da-Na-Ya-E

Aki niha(wa) kin no kagayaki wo kaguwashiku amaku
Huyu niha(wa) awai yukigesyo uruwashiki makyu

Ninhu no komoriuta
Namima ni nemuru hunabitora ha(wa) samayou

Towa no inochi sazukarishi shima Hikaru akai mi sore ga shirushi

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Track Name: Pirika
Tsuki no koru mama ni hoshi no nagareyuku mama ni
sono nemuri wo tokasu subeno nai shiroki megami

Toki ha(wa) utsuroiyuku yagate mizu ha(wa) madoromu
Sono chi ni tatsu haru wo tsugeru akai kuchibashi

Ah PILIKA neto anta kina PILIKA shikushia nita
(Yoi kaze ni natta, joutenki ni natta)
Ryuhyo no kanata yori hibiku PILIKA sono yobigoe

Minami kaze ga niou yodonda kaze ga uzumaku
Oshiyosete ha(wa) oshinagasare soredemo utau

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(Yoi kaze ni natta, joutenki ni natta)
Hikari madou umi ni hibiku PILIKA sono yobigoe

Anu? (kiiteru?) eto PILIKA
Utaitsuzukete okure
Anuya? eto PILIKA
Daichi ga shizumanu youni

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Kaze ha(wa) arashi wo yobi toku PILIKA tobisarunoka
Ah PILIKA neto anta kina PILIKA shikushia nita
Inochi saguru kagiri uta wo PILIKA michibikite
Track Name: Avalon (Kozilek Remix)
Da-Na-Ya-E
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Da-Na-Ya-E
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Da-Na-Ya-E
Maneki yoseru Da-Na-Ya-E

Haru niha(wa) shiroi hanabira wo minamo ni ukabe
Natsu niha(wa) aoi komorebi ni tawawa ni minoru

Shima no kaze ha(wa)
izuko yori huku
Minasoko hukaku ka daichi no hateka

Aki niha(wa) kin no kagayaki wo kaguwashiku amaku
Huyu niha(wa) awai yukigesyo uruwashiki makyu

Ninhu no komoriuta
Namima ni nemuru hunabitora ha(wa) samayou

Towa no inochi sazukarishi shima Hikaru akai mi sore ga shirushi

Da-Na-Ya-E
Sazameki yobu Da-Na-Ya-E Da-Na-Ya-E
Maneki yoseru Da-Na-Ya-E

Da-Na-Ya-E
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