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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". From electrified-folk-rock records to unleashed metal-punk-pop, Yukiko has followed a surreal path feeding from other artistic media that band members indulge in; such as painting, instrument making, sci-fi writing, fine wood carving, film directing, sculpture and photography.
Beneath the skin of many a song, one might catch a glimpse of Mamoru Nagano’s Five Star Stories, the bitter-sweet world of Twin Peaks, or even the airbrushed afterlife of H.R.Giger.
Like the songwriter’s oil paintings, the band goes for the harmony-in-chaos theory, snatching emotions and nailing them into a crystal canvas. Out of the patchwork emanates a certain logic one may find in the beauty of a naturally eroded rusty cocacola can, or the hieroglyphic-flat remains of unfortunate roadkill. Songs are chiselled with Japanese structure in a simplistic stereotype fashion, allowing intentional flaws to strengthen the essential beauty of each track, like yunomi high-fired pottery.

With this in mind, Yukiko the Witch quite understandably 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. Yukiko’s music naturally matured like fine Nikka whisky.

Nani? 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.