Former Maneki Kecak member Fujikawa Chiai preps for her debut album as a soloist with the spacey track “Laika”. Softly funky and adorned with Chiai’s powerful vocals, “Laika” lives up to its Fujinaga Ryutaro (Elements Garden) pedigree with syncopated guitars solid downbeats. The arrangement maintains integrity while making ample room for Chiai’s vocal performance. On the video side of things, Chiai gives a tough performance with a baseball cap crowning her coiff and a red jumpsuit consciously worn off her shoulder. The emotional performance gets even more heavy as the rain falls about halfway through “Laika”, and I say “Let if fall!”. “Laika”, the debut album from Fujikawa Chiai, goes on sale May 7, 2019.
The granddaughter of an enka singer, Fujikawa Chiai (藤川千愛) dreamed of a career as a singer since she was three years old. Chiai made her debut in 2015 as a member of the idol group Maneki Kecak. After leading the group in vocals, Chiai graduated from Maneki Kecak on September 24, 2018. Chiai began her solo career in November of that same year. Aside from her career as a vocalist, Chiai appears as an actress and a model.
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