Japanese voice artist Hatis Noit announces her much anticipated Erased Tapes debut album Aura, out June 24, by sharing its wordless yet universally speaking title track as premiered by Mary Anne Hobbs on BBC 6 Music. Astonishingly all songs on the record were created using her voice only.
The album title Aura was inspired by the German philosopher Walter Benjamin who used this term to describe the fundamental essence of art, which he believed is strongest in its original form, only happening once. Hatis agrees with this particular aspect as she realised, “during the pandemic, I really struggled. As a singer, I’m not very good at working on the computer. I much prefer doing live performances in physical spaces. Being with people, sharing the same space with them and feeling the atmosphere and energy of that moment, inspires me every time. To me, art is that — that shared moment.”
The name Hatis Noit itself is taken from Japanese folklore, meaning the stem of the lotus flower. The lotus represents the living world, while its root represents the spirit world, therefore Hatis Noit is what connects the two. For Hatis, music represents the same netherworld with its ability to move and transport us to the other side; the past, a memory, our subconscious. Through this first offering, Hatis Noit revokes a haunting memory of getting lost in a forest in her birthplace Shiretoko, Hokkaido.
· stream & download the lead single
· pre-order Aura on LP · CD · DL
“One to watch: Hatis Noit — with her ethereal crossover of mystical and modern, this Japanese artist has been moving audiences to tears” — The Guardian