Following on from singles Aura and Angelus Novus, which have acted as expansive windows into what is set to be an extraordinary debut album on Erased Tapes, today Hatis Noit releases the track Inori — meaning ‘prayer’ in Japanese. Built on a field recording of the ocean taken only one kilometre away from the nuclear power plant disaster in Fukushima, the emotive and compassionate single is dedicated to the lives lost due to Japan’s 2011 devastating tsunami as well as to the many beautiful memories people have of their hometown where they hope to return to after being evacuated.
The recording was taken when Hatis Noit was invited to Fukushima for a performance as part of a memorial and re-opening ceremony of the area near the nuclear power plant. At first worried about the radiation, she was intending to make a piece about the dangers of nuclear power but after connecting with the locals and listening to them about the importance of home, she dedicated it to them and the loved ones they lost.
Hatis Noit says: “It was the first day that local people who used to live there were able to come back to their hometown. The next day I went to take a field recording of the ocean, which would become the base for this song as even after a disaster like this, the ocean remains the ocean.”
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