AYAKO was taking in the vistas of the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway in her adopted home of California, listening to new single “Something About You”, when she caught inspiration for the track’s video. With symbols of her Japanese identity and the country’s culture, like goldfish and a geisha passing through her mind, the singer called upon director/production designer Eric Hersey to translate her vision into the vivid visuals she shares today.
The video for “Something About You” sung in English, features a Nihon-buyō routine captured on 35mm film, choreographed and performed by AYAKO, who trained in the traditional Japanese form of dance from age 6-13. The melding of her Japanese and American culture is a salient driving force for the singer who enjoyed a wide musical diet growing up, ranging from Japanese artists like Japan’s Utada Hikaru to the UK’s Sade and US’ Alicia Keys.
The immaculate vocals of the former J-pop girl group member who moved to LA to study music at USC, are paired with her innate knack for melody and genre-traversing production in “Something About You” – which documents a heady, bewildering experience of love and lust at first sight.
Head below to watch AYAKO’s sublime video now…