J-Pop Icon Kenji Ozawa's First New Album in Over a Decade Due in November

Kenji Ozawa
Courtesy of Kenshu Shintsubo

Kenji Ozawa

J-pop singer-songwriter Kenji Ozawa will release his highly anticipated new studio album called So kakkoii Uchu on Nov. 13.

The elusive pop artist hasn’t released an album for 13 years since his instrumental set from 2006 called Ecology of Everyday Life, and it's been 17 since his last project with vocals, 2002's Eclectic.

Ozawa wrote all the songs on So kakkoii Uchu and also designed the cover art. The album will include a solo rendition of "I Hear an Owl," his collaborative number with End of the World (aka Sekai no Owari) from 2017.

The first new song from the album, "Suisei," was released digitally on Friday (Oct. 11). The pop icon shared a sweet first teaser of the track called "Don’t look at the drone, don’t look at the drone… You looked!" featuring himself and a little boy playing cards in a Japanese diner.

The title means "comet" in English, matching the "space" theme suggested by the name of the album, and the sparkly track features layers of strings, horns and backing vocals, reminiscent of his signature mega-hits from the '90s.

There’s also a new Instagram account for the album.


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