illion – P.Y.L (2016)

Title: P.Y.L
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: WM Japan
Genre: Rock
Quality: mp3 320 kbps
Total Time: 00:43:22
Total Size: 103 mb

01. Miracle
02. Told U So
03. Hilight (feat. 5lack)
04. Water lily
05. 85
06. P.Y.L
07. Dream Play Sick
08. Wander Lust
09. Strobo
10. Ace
Illion was the solo project of Radwimps vocalist Yojiro Noda. Like his main band, it exhibited a peculiarly Japanese sensibility, but was quite different musically. While Radwimps plied a technical, angular, often abrasive style of indie rock, Illion had a unique, mischievous sound which combined indie folk, art rock, and chamber pop elements with electronic flourishes. Noda had long harbored a desire to perform outside Japan, but his bandmates were not particularly interested, despite the band’s relative global popularity. Having lived in the United States for three years as a young boy, Noda was fairly proficient in English. He decided to go straight for the global market with his solo project, writing most of the songs for his debut album in English and launching it in the United Kingdom. The album, Ubu, released in 2013, sold a couple thousand copies there, and peaked at number seven in the Oricon album chart upon its subsequent release in Japan, where it was critically well-received. It was also issued in a few other European countries. Illion played only a handful of live gigs; its debut performance was at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, the second at the Indra club in Hamburg. His wanderlust at least temporarily sated, Noda swiftly returned to Radwimps, who released their seventh album later that same year. A new Illion single, “Water Lily,” dropped in 2016, heralding a sophomore album to be released later that year, alongside another new Radwimps full-length. The single marked quite a departure from the style of Ubu, with lyrics in Japanese and a largely electronic sound which strongly recalled the solo experiments of Kei from Kannivalism.

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