FRUIT BASKET, the first digital album from KHUFRUDAMO NOTES, is now available.
We are KHUFRUDAMO NOTES.
There are two members.
Yoshito Kimura (k1mu) is a musician and video editer.
Akifumi Naiki (8 mango) makes guitar and bass in his studio.
Akifumi’s instruments are occasionally used for KHUFRUDAMO NOTES’ music.
Origin of the our name is anagram of “KUDAMONO” and “fruit” .
Because,Akifumi Naiki likes fruit.
fruit’s japanese katakana notation is “フルーツ(=FURUTSU)”.
KUDAMONO(=果物) japanese mean is fruit.
KU DA MO NO＋FU RU TSU
→KU FU RU DA MO NO TSU
The title “FRUIT BASKET” is named after this stream.
In other words, it was named with the idea of having an association with our name.
I am Yoshito Kimura, who composes and mainly performs all the music.
I am also the one writing this article.
For this song , mixing “Japanese melody” and “Djent sound”.
We called this style “Japanese Djent“.
“KUMOGAKURE” is our first “Japanese Djent” song.
This song was written for the purpose of creating a song that can be played on Akifumi Naiki’s original 7-string guitar.
I had supported a Japanese rock band in the past, so I got the idea to include some Japanese elements from that experience.
2. Aerial Warfare
I think this is a song with a lot of my favorite things in it.
For example, the chord progression in the chorus
I like the sound of that, so I put it in.
In this way, I packed in my favorite things first and then decided on a theme and title to solidify my image.
Also, I like to have diversity in my songs.
Therefore, even if the melody is the same, when it comes up the second time, the chord progression is different, or the drum pattern is different.
So there’s no one place that’s the same, but there’s a relationship between them, so I think there’s some consistency.
3. Lost Aesthetics
I wrote this song before I wrote KUMOGAKURE.
It is the oldest song on the album.
The song was neglected during production, but I thought, “I want to put this song out there! So, I rearranged it.
The motif is repeated many times from about 0:15, which is conscious of the “rhythm of the five”.
Basically, the motif takes place over a four-beat drum.
From around 2:38, the drums match the rhythm of the motif in reverse (5 beats) and the song ends.
This is the so-called metric modulation.
Also, I personally love the motif from 0:30, even though it only appears once in the song.
I think it’s a bit like the stage BGM of a retro-futuristic game.
Isn’t that good?
4. KEEP HOPE ALIVE
For this song, I tried to aim for the texture of “chill out”.
However, I also combined some J-Pop-like elements to make it a little more exciting.
Also, I chopped up the waveforms I sang and reconstructed them to create phrases.
I think it was put together better than I thought it would be.
Writing this song was a musical challenge.
I made a song that change to all 12 keys.
I tried my best to keep it within the scope of the song and not ruin it.
You have to listen and see if it’s successful!
This song 8 string guitar is further drop tuned and the synth bass is layered on top of it.
Also,It has a tempo change from 150 BPM to 112.5 in the middle of the song.
This tempo change is based on the idea of metric modulation.
Specifically, the note value of the first BPM (150) triplet note is value of the next BPM (112.5), which is the 16th note.
Part of the music video was shot by my friend T.Kawase.
Be sure to check out his Instagram because he is a photographer who takes very epic photos.
This is an unintelligible song with Akifumi Naiki’s voice sprinkled in here and there.
I made it,
but I honestly don’t know what I wanted to do with it…
8. Extra Dimensions
We invited guitarist Taisuke as a guest on this instrumental piece.
When it came to the production, I just decided that I wanted to make the most of the guitar, and I was relatively free to make the rest of the song.
I decided on the general structure of the song and left most of the detailed phrasing for the solo to Taisuke.
When I wrote “KUMOGAKURE”, I got a lot of comments and messages asking me to write a song with a similar concept,
But I didn’t feel like it would be very interesting to just do the same thing, so I went for something even heavier, but at the same time even catchier, with an 8-string guitar!
It features two guest vocalists, AYAKA and Shogo.
This is a song with all the instruments that I play.
I tried to create an atmosphere that fused guitar sounds with EDM sounds.
This is the fourth song in the Japanese Djent series.
I struggle with what approach to take each time, but this time
Heavy and catchy riffs.
Melody with Japanese style elements
Aggressive growls and guitar solos.
It’s a song that is intertwined with.
Two guest vocalists, AYAKA and Shogo, and guitarist, Taisuke, joined us.
We also had a friend of ours, T.Kawase, join us for the music video.
Where to get the album
And you can also listen to it on Spotify and other subscription services!
Here’s a list of where you can listen!→https://linkco.re/768bB5a4
I don’t use subscription services or, and I can’t pay for it？
You can listen to all the songs with MV on our YouTube channel.
(However, for the release of the album, all the songs on the album have been re-mixed except for the latest song “SHINKIRO”.)
If you like it, I’d appreciate it if you could support me by subscribing to my channel.
In addition , bandcamp also distributes music that can only be heard here (such as off-vocals).