New EP “Levels”

本日、Rié名義での2nd EP “Levels” がリリースになった。


My second EP, “Levels” has been released today!

About the tracks in the 2nd EP:


A song lyric could be prophetic, surely in this track as “I had been waiting a long long time”—two years—to release it. The song was co-written with an Ivor Novello award winner songwriter/producer Cassel the Beatmaker (who has worked with Plan B, The Streets, Akala, etc) in 2015, when I was just visiting London and was finding my way into getting my music career started here. Those few weeks changed my life, which led me to our decision to move to the UK. The song represents those levels of commitment, time and effort, as well as patience.


The rap part was created spontaneously at the studio by the talented studio assistant/artist Deacon, and the middle8 was co-written by another talented bassist Chris Webb. I was also amazed by the levels of potential and growth of a song through collaboration.


The music video was also very special, as I worked with an amazing athlete Sarah Piercy, winner of the London Marathon women’s wheelchair competition, who has gone through significant levels of challenges and obstacles but has proven her strength through incredible achievements.



We live in a world full of secrets and lies, and it seems that those deceiving tendencies have become more prevalent in these recent years through media, politics, and especially the internet. The old science fiction/future fantasy films are not far-off from what we see today, and I started getting into classic films like Metropolis, 1984, Brazil-type of imagery and concept. As I dug deeper into the video archives, I found a propaganda footage during World War2— ironic that we are still repeating the same thing, the media itself embodying and functioning as a demagogue.


So whether it’s a political conspiracy or a little affair, human behavior has been coexisting with Secrets throughout history. But the biggest secret is that people often believe what they want to see, not necessarily the truth. I wanted to expose that in this song.

Save You

The song is about finding a soulmate—I know, sounds cheesy, but for me it was everything but what I had imagined or expected; nothing was straightforward. I realized that we are not attracted to each other’s strengths but our weaknesses, and the reason for two people to be together is to simply save each other. That’s why the other has everything you don’t have, and you have what the other had been missing. When you find a soulmate, you feel rescued and saved. But just because you are saved, it doesn’t mean you are safe. It’s only the beginning of the endeavors to face what the future brings—“holding on to each other, we”ll go through it all together” —hence this song is not a love song, but a fight song.



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