Ryuichi Sakamoto to release new solo album 12





It’ll be Sakamoto’s first solo album since 2017’s async.

Ryuichi Sakamoto has announced plans for his first non-soundtrack solo album in six years.

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12 will be released on January 17, his  71st birthday, via Milan Records. The album is a collection of songs selected from “musical sketches” recorded during Sakamoto’s 2-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.

“After I finally ‘came home’ to my new temporary housing after a big operation, I found myself reaching for the synthesizer,” explains Sakamoto. “I had no intention of composing something; I just wanted to be showered in sound. I’ll probably continue to keep this kind of ‘diary.’”

Check out an album teaser below.

12 is available for pre-order on vinyl now.


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