From The First Take, a web series that presents artists in stripped down recordings, Sayuri gifts us with a pair of performances. With nothing but a guitar, a cushion, and a microphone, Sayuri makes her case. It’s always fascinating to see artists in such a bare setting … will they measure up or will they expose themselves as shadows of the industry maching? Well, Sayuri is a real deal. Give a good listen to Mikazuki: it’s devastating in its emotional delivery.
Sayuri – Koukai no uta
Sayuri (さユり, born June 7, 1996) is a Japanese musician, singer and songwriter from Fukuoka. In 6th grade, Sayuri was impressed by the fact that, despite being idols, Kanjani Eight formed a band. They inspired her to take up guitar as a hobby. Sayuri began composing music during her second year of junior high school, aspiring to the lyrics and songwriting of Kanjani Eight. Afterwards, under the name Asuka, she joined an acoustic duo called LONGTAL based in Fukuoka, she started performing in the streets and live houses of places like Hiroshima, Osaka, and Nagoya. By this time, she had dropped out of high school. In 2012, as part of LONGTAL, Sayuri was awarded the Grand Prix at the finals of the fifth Music Revolution, a competition sponsored by Yamaha Music. Afterwards, she became active as an indie artist. She adopted the name Sanketsu Shōjo Sayuri (酸欠少女さユり, lit. “Hypoxia Girl Sayuri”) which is symbolic of her calling herself a 2.5-dimensional parallel singer-songwriter. Sayuri moved to Tokyo in 2013. She held her first solo live in March 2015 at Tsutaya O-East in Tokyo. Later that year, Sayuri made her major debut at 18, performing the ending theme song for Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace.
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