Turning flaws into power, Japanese artist Shihori embraces all components of her persona in her new single “Perfect Imperfection.” Influenced by her journey of juggling left-ear deafness, dwarfism, and Asperger’s Syndrome, “Perfect Imperfection” is a chest-swelling pop piece where she works from a treasure box of synthetic, bursting beats and moments of soothing stillness. Nestled on an ethereal haze, the single initially invites us into a softcore soundscape before the gauzy atmospherics and quivering riffs kick in and draw its listeners into a starry-eyed dimension. It’s an avant-garde anthem where the siren-like vocals of Shihori channel the art of self-love and turning what may be considered as disability into an empowering source. Smash that play button:
Speaking of her latest single, Shihori shared:
“(My) half-silent world got me into extreme concentration; I lived in my own imagination world. I didn’t hear anything, just created…people thought I was ignoring them many times but I just didn’t hear anything from my left side and my other ear was only for my imagination. I never hated my hearing in my life, because I love the sound of silence on my left side which always helps my creation. I have rather considered my deafness as a “gift”, and the other ear is a “gift” as well because my right ear has a perfect pitch by nature.”
Shihori broke into the scene with her debut single “TSUBASA,” which has been used as a theme song for a TV anime back in 2007. Since then, the gal has composed and sang for many films, TV ads, and video games. She is also known for writing songs for many renowned Japanese artists such as Nana Mitzuki and Momoiro Clover Z. Shihori decided to move to New York in 2018 and released her first EP Angel In The Garden in the same year. All Bandcamp proceeds of her latest single “Perfect Imperfection” will be donated to Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization that helps victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. Stay tuned for more releases from the gal this year.