There is a article in Japanese about the song, how it came together and both artists's statements about the collaboration. It was roughly translated on Google Translate.
A new song "Sakura Rising" in collaboration with Wagakki Band and Amy Lee (Evanescence) was released digitally today, and at the same time, an animated lyric video of the song was released in full size on Wagakki Band's official YouTube channel.
The completed collaboration song "Sakura Rising with Amy Lee of EVANESCENCE" entered the studio with guitar Machiya and Amy the day before the concert in Osaka in February and started composing and prodducing the track, and the day after the concert, vocalist Suzuka also participate and share images of melodies, tracks, and lyrics, and realize the long-sought music production in the studio. After Amy's return to Japan, even though she was away from Japan and the United States, she continued to communicate online and produce music, and was completed.
In addition, the animated lyric video released at the same time as the song is a work that appointed Japanese and American illustrators as well as the music, and it is separated as the daily life of TOKYO and NEW YORK is changing due to the coronavirus. However, "Sakura" has appeared as a symbol that is connected in the heart, and it is finished in a story that connects the world.
Amy Lee of Evanescence
"Working with Wagakkiband was a completely unique and very special experience for me. They invited me to Osaka to perform with them in a symphonic concert, and while I was there, we thought it would be fun to try and write something together. I really didn’t know what to expect. Even though we speak different languages, and only had a couple of days together, the creativity just flowed and we ended up with a really cool piece of music. After I flew home, Yuko and I began writing each other lyrics back and forth, interpreting and reflecting on each other’s meanings. As the pandemic hit, we wrote about the same experience from two perspectives, and in two languages. The heart of the song is about unity. We are all the same kind- humankind. We have to fight together instead of fighting each other. And though we have been pulled apart, we are still together on a deeper level, in spirit."
"The song in collaboration with Evanescence's Amy Lee is finally complete. About two years ago, Amy, who saw our live video, told us that she would love to meet us, so we went to see Ross and made a promise to collaborate there someday. About a year and a half after that, when Amy was invited as a guest to our Osaka-jo Hall live, we went into the studio together and made up the outline of the song together. After that, I exchanged emails and data, and Amy and I talked about the world view of lyrics many times. Partly due to the influence of the new coronavirus, we prayed for each other's safety and constantly exchanged information about the situation in each other's countries. And overcoming the barrier between language and time difference, this song was born. Now that the world is in an equal situation, we can sympathize with each other more and it is a song that can only be done now. It has a sound that has never been seen in Wagakki Band. We, who crossed the sea and wished for peace together, are now packed with the desire to become one and create an era together."
"This time, the collaboration with Amy was made, but when I go back to the encounter, I have been with her for about two years, so I have a strong sense of "finally done!". About a year and a half after we met, we had a co-star at Osaka-jo Hall in February this year, and finally we were able to make a creative time facing each other. She was full of various ideas with a different focus and angle from ours, and we had a very meaningful time while exchanging opinions with each other. I sketch ideas in the recording studio, but when I see Amy's singing ability, it's a masterpiece (laughs). It's like "I'm good at singing properly !!" (laughs). I was very inspired by myself, so I made every effort to harmonize it while proposing ideas for myself and Yuko in response to her request with all my heart. Speaking of EVANESCECE, I've loved modern loud music since it came to Japan, so it's a great honor for me to be able to co-star with Amy in this work, and I'm grateful for this encounter and opportunity."
BMTL sounds awesome! I am not into the other song much, I like the instrumemtation but the voices on top of each other sounds so messy.
I was so scared to share my opinion because I didn't want to appear like I like nothing, but I agree with you ! I wish their voices were more harmonized. Also, not a big fan of the Amy's style of singing.
The music is very cool though ! They caught me off guard with the turntables at the beginning.
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