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Yukiko The Witch

The “Yukiko the Witch” project hatched in 2001 with a first album named "Ribcage of a Pineapple Lambscape". This folk record was the first of 18 albums to follow in less than 6 years. YTW’s songwriter, Andrew James Martin, unleashed in “Ribcage” a surreal patchwork of ideas and sounds borrowed from painting and Japanese art.
So James, alias Bones, or Yukiko the Bitch, ended his solo career in 2005 when bass player Franck Claise stepped in and brought warm and inspired rhythm to the band that shortly afterwards recorded the eponymous and pop rock album “Yukiko the Witch”. This LP charmed the talented French drummer Nicolas Bertin who joined later that year.

The « YUKIKO THE WITCH » album was written with Asian cultures in mind and entwines abstract and explicitly personal themes. YTW’s songwriting feeds from other artistic media that band members indulge in, such as painting, instrument making, fine wood carving, sculpture and photography. Like in Bones’ oil paintings, the band goes for the harmony in chaos theory, snatching every single experienced emotion and pinning it to a song’s backbone, watching how it grows. From this patchwork emanates a certain logic one may find in the beauty of a naturally eroded rusty coca cola can. Musically speaking, and more so in this particular project, songs were given Japanese structure in a simplistic stereotype fashion, allowing flaws to strengthen the essential beauty of each track.

So quite understandably, Yukiko the Witch went on tour in Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Yokohama) for the first time in the summer of 2006, and returned to Tokyo in Spring 2007 for another one month tour.

Where does “Yukiko” come from? First of all, this Japanese girl’s name was a song improvised in a northern french town in 1996. The name Yukiko The Witch appeared in 2001 as a reference to Lafcadio Hearne’s  “Kwaidan” and Kobayashi’s film adaptation (Yukiko meaning “snow child” in Japanese). Later on, Yukiko, a friend of the singer's, was even an actress and model for Yukiko the Witch videos and art.