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Listen to the title track from Wasuremono forthcoming album, Are You OK?

Announcing their new album arriving June 14th, Wasuremono released the title track from the album Are You OK? after teasing the news with previous single Lonely Type. The Japanese word ‘wasuremono’ or, ‘忘れ物’ in kanji characters, roughly translates to “something forgotten or left behind.”

 “It seemed to turn into a pep talk to myself, with themes and sounds of the seaside and clearing the mind asking yourself or someone else ‘Are you ok?’. It’s got a really 80’s vibe to this song with the help from the Linn Drum Computer pounding through the song backed up with synth sounds played on an old Yamaha Dx7.”

William Southward

After a huge 2018, which saw Wasuremono release of their self-titled debut album, record a live session for BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq at the legendary Maida Vale Studios and be described as a ‘favorite‘ Lauren Laverne. The band also supported both the The Flaming Lips and Phosphorescent on tour.

New album, Are You OK? was written and recorded by multi-instrumentalist William Southward in his shed. With the enlistment of friends Madelaine Ryan, Isaac Phillips, and Phoebe Phillips, Southward’s songs come to life. Wasuremono will be performing across the UK this summer in support of ‘Are You OK?’, with stops at festivals including Live at Leeds, The Great Escape, Bluedot, and Dot To Dot, as well as a headline show at the Sebright Arms in London on June 19th.

The enveloping percussion on the release was central to its creation, explains Southward, “Most of this album was written around an old Linn Drum Computer that I managed to get my hands on last year. I had always really liked the distinct 80’s sound of the Linn Drum, made famous by the likes of Prince, Gary Numan, and Peter Gabriel, and it was a fun and unique process writing songs around the beats I programmed in.” Southward puts the fizz and pop of the record down to “all the songs on the album being the original demos; There always seems to be a magic in the original take of a song, that’s impossible to put your finger on and equally hard to replicate when you then try to re-record it.”

‘Are You OK?’ Tracklisting:
1, Are You OK?
2, Lonely Type
3, School
4, Don’t Play With Ghosts (For Olive)
5, Never Felt This Way Before
6, Self-Help
7, One Last Trip
8, A Lesson To Learn
9, New York
10, Nothing Is Easy
11, Hail Ra!

See Wasuremono live:
May 4th – Live at Leeds, Leeds
May 5th – Stag & Dagger Festival, Glasgow
May 10th – The Great Escape, Brighton
May 24th – Dot To Dot Festival, Manchester
May 25th – Dot To Dot Festival, Bristol
May 26th – Dot To Dot Festival, Nottingham
June 19th – Sebright Arms, London
July 19th – Bluedot Festival (Main Stage), Cheshire
July 26th – Farmfestival, Somerset

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