Listen to 'SALTY' - The new single out April 12
Kazu’s story begins in Kyoto, Japan, where she was born to a young unwed couple, neither of whom can recall the hospital, date, or any other circumstances surrounding her birth. As a youngster, Kazu had an acute sense of focus which required monitoring at all times. One day, while babysitting her infant cousin, she became so engrossed in a copy of Homer’s Odyssey that she failed to notice the child scald herself with a pot of boiling water. An adult rushed in and shoved Kazu back into coherence — only then did she hear the agonizing shrieks of her little cousin. Desperate to find an object for her focus, Kazu’s parents turned her to musical instruments. Kazu flourished in music — it opened a new and mysterious world to her. At her first piano recital, she made a wrong turn during her performance and couldn’t recall the end of the piece. Instead of stopping, she began to repeat it over and over again, dozens of times, increasing the tempo as she played. She continued at this shredding speed until her teacher, drenched in nervous sweat, sat next to her and brought the music to its conclusion.
Kazu received her first of many standing ovations that evening. The years stretched her limbs and mind, and Kazu eventually traded her pastoral childhood for the bustle and electricity of Tokyo. It was there, down a neon-lit alley that she serendipitously bumped into a tall, dark and curiously handsome American stranger with a saxophone slung 'round his chest. “Come live with me in New York and be my best friend.” She didn’t understand his words, but she understood his eyes, and so she followed him eleven thousand miles. That man was none other than musician, painter and actor John Lurie. Under his wing, Kazu quietly observed the world of fame, fashion, art and the underground. Soon, she wouldn’t be so quiet; she learned English and began to make the noise for which she’s best known.
Blonde Redhead was the sonic intersection of those pastoral beginnings and the electric chaos of the metropolis. Decades felt like mere moments and Kazu’s singular obsessiveness slowly turned inwards and away from collaboration, as she began to forge a project that was solely of her own making.
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