Japanese vocal performer Hatis Noit reveals the Matmos edit of Illogical Lullaby accompanied by striking visuals directed by Yoshiko Akita. The compelling track is taken from Hatis Noit’s debut EP on Erased Tapes titled Illogical Dance, out on 23rd March 2018 — an arresting 4-track record creating unique song-worlds with transcendent vocal interpretations that at once deconstruct and recombine Western Classical, Japanese folk and nature’s own ambience atmosphere.
“Part of the pleasure of Hatis' music is just her voice, all by itself, full stop. So the challenge to remixing her is that you want to add things to change the shape, but you get so seduced by just hearing her sing that you don't want to clutter things- her voice is the center. Then I remembered a beautiful scene in the Tarkovsky movie 'Andrei Rublev' which I have always loved where some monks are caught in the rain and run into a nearby farmhouse where some farmers are waiting out the storm. In the sound design of that scene, there's just rain falling and the sound of a woman singing a beautiful melody. It's very moving and very simple. M.C. Schmidt and I decided that our remix needed a breakdown in the middle that was going to more or less imitate that scene, but to use Hatis' vocal as the equivalent of the lonely melody singing along with the rain from the movie. So Japan comes to Baltimore by way of Russia reflecting on the middle ages. So that's the structure that we both decided on. It was an honor to work with her and we're glad she likes what we did.” — Drew Daniel, Matmos
The video, directed by Yoshiko Akita, animates the changing tones and transitions of Hatis Noit’s voice with lines flowing out of her mouth, picking up the frequencies with of the track as they go.
Hatis Noit will support Peter Broderick at the Jazz Cafe on April 15th. She’s also been announced as part of this year’s Sea Change Festival line-up, and asked to participate in a workshop with the London Contemporary Orchestra.
· watch Illogical Lullaby (Matmos Edit)
· pre-order Illogical Dance on 12"/CD/DL