Utada Hikaru (Also known as “Cubic U“, and referred to affectionately as “Hikki” on her website) is no doubt, a big name in the J-Pop ‘Hall of Fame’. Earlier this year, Utada announced that she would be releasing a new album ending her 6-year hiatus, but further details had not been revealed at the time.
Her new album is set to release on the 28th of September 2016, entitled “Fantôme“, which is French for ‘phantom’. Currently, this album will only be available in Compact Disk (CD) format, which will only set you back 3,000 yen (plus tax).
It seems her new album will be adopting a very melancholic and retrospective tone with a feeling of reminiscence. Her photos (such as the one featured) exude a melancholic feel, and the track list includes some of her earlier work like : “Hanataba wo Kimi ni“, the theme song of NHK morning drama “Toto Nē-chan“; “Manatsu no Tooriame“, the theme song of NTV news program “NEWS ZERO“; and “Sakura Nagashi” the theme song of “Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo“.
On top of all that, the titles seem to hint at themes of reflection, memory, fantasy and recollection:
1: Michi (Road)
2: Ore No Kanojo (My Girlfriend)
3: Hanataba Wo Kimini (A Bouquet of Flowers for You)
4: Nijikan Dake No Vacance (Two Hours of Vacation)
5: Ningyo (Mermaid)
6: Tomodachi (Friend)
7: Manatsu No Tooriame (Shower of Midsummer)
8: Kouya No Ookami (Wolf of the Wilderness)
9: Boukyaku (Forgetting)
10: Jinsei Saikou No Hi (Best Day of Life)
11: Sakura Nagashi (Sakura Flow)
With such a reminiscing tone, one might wonder what thoughts are running through Utada‘s mind with her unexpected return to music. In spite of her long absence though, we’ve waited patiently with bated breath and would love to hear more from the one and only Utada Hikaru!
Photo from Universal Music