Mahōgakkō
by Hakushi Hasegawa

— Released 24th July 2024 on Brainfeeder

Japanese musician Hakushi Hasegawa/長谷川白紙 proudly announces their new album Mahōgakkō/魔法学校 for LA-based Brainfeeder Records, out July 24th. As part of the announcement, Hasegawa shares a new single and video – “Boy’s Texture” – serving as the album’s second single after last year’s “Mouth Flash (Kuchinohanabi)”. The news arrives alongside Hasegawa’s grand gesture of revealing their face to fans for the very first time, unveiling a new side of the elusive...

Japanese musician Hakushi Hasegawa/長谷川白紙 proudly announces their new album Mahōgakkō/魔法学校 for LA-based Brainfeeder Records, out July 24th. As part of the announcement, Hasegawa shares a new single and video – “Boy’s Texture” – serving as the album’s second single after last year’s “Mouth Flash (Kuchinohanabi)”. The news arrives alongside Hasegawa’s grand gesture of revealing their face to fans for the very first time, unveiling a new side of the elusive and compelling artist. 

“Boy’s Texture” sprints with all the energy of springtime. A warm, easygoing guitar forms the track’s main center, a through line as skittering synths, pounding drums, and a chorus of voices swirl around it. The video, directed by Gauspel (Brandon Saunders), explores the desire to find a missing piece of yourself in the wild. “Most people hold this preconceived notion that your being will be complete upon this revelation and that the broken pieces that comprise you will find their final puzzle piece,” he explains. “But there is no such grand revelation, just self-reflection… just you.”

Mahōgakkō, translating to “Magic School,” also seeks to make sense of a chaotic, vibrant world by letting itself get swept up in it. A balance of pop and pandemonium, the album is one of extremes, where chipmunk-pitched voices square off against percussion set to speed metal’s tempo and volume. Noise and melody, cutesy and aggressive, acoustic and electronic — all come to a head in a process Hasegawa calls the Explanatory Ratio.

“The balance is probably the only thing in my work that is intentional and very important to me,” shares Hasegawa. “In many of my songs, I use a scale that I personally call the ‘Explanatory Ratio’ to guide my work. This is not a sophisticated musical theory at all, but simply a subjective scale that looks at the balance of sounds that are explainable to me and sounds that are not explainable to me, and whether or not they are distributed in the ratio that I set for each piece.”

Mahōgakkō finds Hakushi pushing their boundaries to the absolute limit, with hyperspeed jungle and breakcore traded up for the even more pummeling onslaughts inspired by Tanzanian singeli so that they become just another texture in the wild sonic landscapes. And just when your senses are bordering on overloaded, Hakushi gifts you a moment of sweet reprieve before the roller coaster sets off again with hectic syncopations and harmonic jumps not for the faint of heart. 

Impressively, the eye of this maelstrom revolves solely around Hasegawa, who taps only a few select collaborators to enliven their vision. Those who caught lead single “Mouth Flash (Kuchinohanabi)” will recall bassist Sam Wilkes added depth to the track juxtaposed against Hasegawa’s high-pitched singing. The lone featured vocalist rapper KID FRESINO lends his voice to “Gone,” where FRESINO’s determined flow seems to ground the skittering drums from spiraling out of control. NYC-based jazz composer Miho Hazama likewise lends her own form of control to “KYŌFUNOHOSHI”, guiding horns and saxes brought in by Yohchi Masago, Ryo Konishi, and Tomoaki Baba (J-Squad).

With Mahōgakkō there is no doubt that this is the sound of a once-in-a-generation artist not just breaking boundaries for Japanese music but global music culture and it will leave you with no doubt that Hakushi Hasegawa is only really just getting started.

Mahōgakkō
by Hakushi Hasegawa

— Released 24th July 2024 on Brainfeeder

Physical

LP (BF140)

Translucent rosé pink 12” vinyl, black paper inner, housed in a 3mm spined sleeve. Includes insert. Artwork by Shanliang and design by Takeaki Emori. 

This item has not been released yet, we will ship it to arrive on or close to the release date of 16th August 2024.

£23.00
 
CD (BRC768)

Japanese Import

Japanese import CD in a 5mm spined wallet with OBI and 32-page booklet. Artwork by Shanliang. Design by Takeaki Emori.

This item has not been released yet, we will ship it to arrive on or close to the release date of 24th July 2024.

£16.00
 

Digital

MP3 (BFDNL140)

This item has not been released yet, it will be available to download on the release date, 24th July 2024.

 
16-bit WAV (BFDNL140W)

This item has not been released yet, it will be available to download on the release date, 24th July 2024.

 

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Physical

Digital

LP (BF140)

Translucent rosé pink 12” vinyl, black paper inner, housed in a 3mm spined sleeve. Includes insert. Artwork by Shanliang and design by Takeaki Emori. 

This item has not been released yet, we will ship it to arrive on or close to the release date of 16th August 2024.

£23.00
MP3 (BFDNL140)

This item has not been released yet, it will be available to download on the release date, 24th July 2024.

CD (BRC768)

Japanese Import

Japanese import CD in a 5mm spined wallet with OBI and 32-page booklet. Artwork by Shanliang. Design by Takeaki Emori.

This item has not been released yet, we will ship it to arrive on or close to the release date of 24th July 2024.

£16.00
16-bit WAV (BFDNL140W)

This item has not been released yet, it will be available to download on the release date, 24th July 2024.

Tracklist

  • CD
  • LP
  • MP3
  • 16-bit WAV
  1. 1
    Departed
  2. 2
    Gone
  3. 3
    Mouth Flash (Kuchinohanabi)
  4. 4
    Repeal (Tekkai)
  5. 5
    The Blossom and the Thunder
  6. 6
    KYŌFUNOHOSHI
  7. 7
    NENNEKOKOROMI
  8. 8
    Forbidden Thing (Kimmotsu)
  9. 9
    Mahōinter (v2)
  10. 10
    Boy’s Texture
  11. 11
    Enbami
  12. 12
    Outside (Soto)
  13.  
    Play All (2)
  1. 1
    Departed
  2. 2
    Gone
  3. 3
    Mouth Flash (Kuchinohanabi)
  4. 4
    Repeal (Tekkai)
  5. 5
    The Blossom and the Thunder
  6. 6
    KYŌFUNOHOSHI
  7. 7
    NENNEKOKOROMI
  8. 8
    Forbidden Thing (Kimmotsu)
  9. 9
    Mahōinter (v2)
  10. 10
    Boy’s Texture
  11. 11
    Enbami
  12. 12
    Outside (Soto)
  13.  
    Play All (2)
  1. 1
    Departed
  2. 2
    Gone
  3. 3
    Mouth Flash (Kuchinohanabi)
  4. 4
    Repeal (Tekkai)
  5. 5
    The Blossom and the Thunder
  6. 6
    KYŌFUNOHOSHI
  7. 7
    NENNEKOKOROMI
  8. 8
    Forbidden Thing (Kimmotsu)
  9. 9
    Mahōinter (v2)
  10. 10
    Boy’s Texture
  11. 11
    Enbami
  12. 12
    Outside (Soto)
  13.  
    Play All (2)
  1. 1
    Departed
  2. 2
    Gone
  3. 3
    Mouth Flash (Kuchinohanabi)
  4. 4
    Repeal (Tekkai)
  5. 5
    The Blossom and the Thunder
  6. 6
    KYŌFUNOHOSHI
  7. 7
    NENNEKOKOROMI
  8. 8
    Forbidden Thing (Kimmotsu)
  9. 9
    Mahōinter (v2)
  10. 10
    Boy’s Texture
  11. 11
    Enbami
  12. 12
    Outside (Soto)
  13.  
    Play All (2)

Japanese musician Hakushi Hasegawa/長谷川白紙 proudly announces their new album Mahōgakkō/魔法学校 for LA-based Brainfeeder Records, out July 24th. As part of the announcement, Hasegawa shares a new single and video – “Boy’s Texture” – serving as the album’s second single after last year’s “Mouth Flash (Kuchinohanabi)”. The news arrives alongside Hasegawa’s grand gesture of revealing their face to fans for the very first time, unveiling a new side of the elusive...

Japanese musician Hakushi Hasegawa/長谷川白紙 proudly announces their new album Mahōgakkō/魔法学校 for LA-based Brainfeeder Records, out July 24th. As part of the announcement, Hasegawa shares a new single and video – “Boy’s Texture” – serving as the album’s second single after last year’s “Mouth Flash (Kuchinohanabi)”. The news arrives alongside Hasegawa’s grand gesture of revealing their face to fans for the very first time, unveiling a new side of the elusive and compelling artist. 

“Boy’s Texture” sprints with all the energy of springtime. A warm, easygoing guitar forms the track’s main center, a through line as skittering synths, pounding drums, and a chorus of voices swirl around it. The video, directed by Gauspel (Brandon Saunders), explores the desire to find a missing piece of yourself in the wild. “Most people hold this preconceived notion that your being will be complete upon this revelation and that the broken pieces that comprise you will find their final puzzle piece,” he explains. “But there is no such grand revelation, just self-reflection… just you.”

Mahōgakkō, translating to “Magic School,” also seeks to make sense of a chaotic, vibrant world by letting itself get swept up in it. A balance of pop and pandemonium, the album is one of extremes, where chipmunk-pitched voices square off against percussion set to speed metal’s tempo and volume. Noise and melody, cutesy and aggressive, acoustic and electronic — all come to a head in a process Hasegawa calls the Explanatory Ratio.

“The balance is probably the only thing in my work that is intentional and very important to me,” shares Hasegawa. “In many of my songs, I use a scale that I personally call the ‘Explanatory Ratio’ to guide my work. This is not a sophisticated musical theory at all, but simply a subjective scale that looks at the balance of sounds that are explainable to me and sounds that are not explainable to me, and whether or not they are distributed in the ratio that I set for each piece.”

Mahōgakkō finds Hakushi pushing their boundaries to the absolute limit, with hyperspeed jungle and breakcore traded up for the even more pummeling onslaughts inspired by Tanzanian singeli so that they become just another texture in the wild sonic landscapes. And just when your senses are bordering on overloaded, Hakushi gifts you a moment of sweet reprieve before the roller coaster sets off again with hectic syncopations and harmonic jumps not for the faint of heart. 

Impressively, the eye of this maelstrom revolves solely around Hasegawa, who taps only a few select collaborators to enliven their vision. Those who caught lead single “Mouth Flash (Kuchinohanabi)” will recall bassist Sam Wilkes added depth to the track juxtaposed against Hasegawa’s high-pitched singing. The lone featured vocalist rapper KID FRESINO lends his voice to “Gone,” where FRESINO’s determined flow seems to ground the skittering drums from spiraling out of control. NYC-based jazz composer Miho Hazama likewise lends her own form of control to “KYŌFUNOHOSHI”, guiding horns and saxes brought in by Yohchi Masago, Ryo Konishi, and Tomoaki Baba (J-Squad).

With Mahōgakkō there is no doubt that this is the sound of a once-in-a-generation artist not just breaking boundaries for Japanese music but global music culture and it will leave you with no doubt that Hakushi Hasegawa is only really just getting started.