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"Valentine" out December 16th, 2015
[1996.04.21] Kittenish Love
[1998.09.19] Lady Soul
[1999.12.15] absolute ego
[2000.03.23] the other side of absolute ego (Remix album)
[2007.12.19] ACO BEST ～girl's Diary～
[2010.10.06] devil's hands
[2013.11.06] TRAD (Self-cover album)
[2013.11.06] LIVE LUCK (Live album)
[1995.11.01] Fuan Nano
[1996.04.21] Home Sweet Home
[1997.12.12] Yureru Taion
[1998.08.21] Yawarakai Hada
[1999.01.30] Aishuu to Ballad
[1999.07.01] Aishita Anata wa Tsuyoi Hito
[1999.11.10] Yorokobi ni Saku Hana
[2000.11.01] Heart wo Moyashite
[2001.02.21] 4gatsu no Hero
[2001.05.09] Hoshi no Kuzu
[2009.09.02] MY DEAREST FRIEND
[2009.11.04] Barairo no Sekai
[2010.09.29] Haishin Sima-Su.
[2012.01.11] Innocent (radio edit)
[2000.10.18] absolute live
[2001.03.23] Heart wo Moyashite
[2001.04.25] 4gatsu no Hero
[1999.01.21] MOOMINxACO - かけがえのないもの - "OH HONEY"
[1999.05.01] Dragon Ash featuring ACO, ZEEBRA - "Grateful Days"
[1999.05.21] Satoshi Tomiie – Full Lick - "Black Opal feat. ACO"
[1999.06.09] MOOMINxACO - Ride On - "OH HONEY (G.M.A.mix)"
[1999.07.23] TOKYO SKA PRADISE ORCHESTRA - JUSTA RECORD COMPILATION Vol.1 - "ONE NIGHT (ACO Vocal Version)"
[2000.06.21] DJ KRUSH - "Tragicomic featuring ACO, TWIGY"
[2007.10.17] V.A. - Rock for Baby - "Kung-Fu Lady"
[2008.01.14] THE BROAD BAND featuring ACO - "Hoshi no Uta"
[2008.04.02] Takacha feat. ACO - "Namida"
[2008.06.25] RUDEBWOY FACE - a message to... - "Lovin' you feat. ACO"
[2009.01.21] ECCY - Narcotic Perfumer - "Life feat. ACO"
[2009.10.14] Takacha aka STUDIO8 - CHANGE - "Namida feat. ACO (Like Snow Remix)"
[2010.05.12] Nabowa - Nabowa - "Kitchen e Youkoso feat. ACO"
[2010.06.23] iLL - ∀ - "A Day (ACO)"
[2010.07.14] pal@pop feat. ACO & Hisako Tabuchi - feat. PLUS - "SORA"
[2011.03.23] YAMP KOLT - yes - "Cause Addiction feat. ACO"
[2011.12.07] nouvo nude - FLASH CUBE - "sonatine feat. ACO"
[2012.03.14] DEXPISTOLS - LESSON.07 "Via" - "Grateful Days feat. ACO, Saito "JxJx" Jun, Junji Chiba"
[2012.06.20] toe - The Future Is Now EP - "Tsuki, Kake feat. ACO"
[2014.11.26] jjj - Yacht Club - "wakamatsu (chorus: ACO)"
[2016.01.17] V.A. - KUMOKO - "KUMOKO" (bandcamp)
[2008.09.24] Satomi Takasugi - RELATION ~Ano Kaze wo Tadotte~ - "Aoi Hana" (lyrics & music)
[2009.01.14] Maaya Sakamoto - Kazeyomi - "Colors" (music)
[2014.04.30] Koji Nakamura - Masterpeace "Reaction Curve" (lyrics)
ACOSpoilerA striking siren whose sweet, sensual voice is equally adept at lulling children to sleep,making women jealous and causing men to squirm with anticipation, Aco forges beyond the confines of contemporary "pop Diva" conventions. Though consistently a recipient of the "Diva" label for lack of a more suitable tag, Aco's musical ability and laid-back attitude dismiss it quickly.
"I'm a contrary girl you know," explains Aco. "There have been too many "Divas" already, and besides - I don't even fit into that type of thing.".
Aco's music displays and elicits an ocean of emotion, from placid seas of soft soul to meandering waves of ethereal sweetness and churning whitecaps of passionate release. Having emerged as one of Japan's most popular and critically acclaimed pop artists, Aco is poised for introduction to the rest of the world.
Her recent fourth album, Absolute Ego is the perfect exhibition of Aco's compositional talent and vocal range. From soothing string arrangements to soft jazz, reggae beats to steel drums and electric guitar, Aco successfully uses anything her heart desires as a backdrop for her emotive vocal work.
Absolute Ego is the culmination of five years of personal and professional growth for Aco, who debuted at age 18 with a track titled "Fuan nano." Since her debut, Aco has written music and lyrics for a discography that includes five albums and ten singles, and has appeared on television in programs ranging from Sonic Train to the MTV Christmas Special.
Garnering a growing audience through her first three albums Kittenish Love, Nude, and Lady Soul,Aco garnered widespread national popularity for her vocal contribution to Dragon Ash's hit single "Grateful Days." Absolute Ego has since exploded..
"I never thought it would sell that well," admits Aco, who mentions that her approach to songwriting changed on the new album.
"I used to think too much, constantly reading books," explains Aco. "Primarily, I'd read books on religion, looking for exact answers to life's questions. Then, I realized that I'll never get those answers, and we're all dying in the end, so why not have fun now? You just can't be too serious about things - otherwise, it will drain you."
The songs of Absolute Ego are painted with a full pallet of instrumental brush strokes. Where "Spleen" uses piano and violin to create a cafe style atmosphere with poignant touches, "Aishita Anata ha Tsuyoi Hito" features emphatic bursts of string arrangements a la Barry White for punctuation. Where "Kyo made no Youtsu" rides a smooth hip-hop flow, her sultry cover of Stevie Wonder's "Black Maybe" needs only a soft complementary jazz guitar. Whatever instrumentation and song structure Aco chooses to employ, she does so in a carefully metered manner, allowing each element to be heard clearly without obstructing or overshadowing the driving force behind each song -her beautiful voice.
Aco's vocals range substantially on Absolute Ego, from the beautiful sustains and soft tapers of "Aishita Anata ha Tsuyoi Hito" to the teasing squalls and colorful layering of the sexy Ramprasad/Matthewman cover "Intensity (you are)." Whether singing in English or her native Japanese, Aco's voice is enthralling.
"Music reflects one's personality, and that definitely applies to me," explains Aco. "I want to try some new things and have fun with music this year."
One of Aco's first breaks into new musical territory was her release of The Other Side of Absolute Ego, a collection tracks from Absolute Ego remixed by a variety of talents including Hideaki Ishi,better known throughout the world as DJ Krush. Having worked with the likes of NAS, Guru from Gang Starr and DJ spooky among others, Krush was well suited to throw a wonderful spin on Absolute Ego's first single, "Aishu to Ballad." Framing the song with a solid hip-hop groove, shuffle beat, and echo treatments replete with the warm scratch of a needle embracing vinyl, Krush gives the song an ethereal cloud-free atmosphere Aco's voice floats freely throughout.
The dub style employed by Silent Poets on their mix of "Yorukobi ni Saku Hana" rings with reverberations reminiscent of old Pink Floyd. Tricky guests as well, funking up "Natsu no Hi" with an intermittent flow and adventurous semi-chaotic Rasta vibe that is unlike anything in Aco's repertoire.
In addition to the likes of DJ Krush and Tricky, Aco has worked with the amazing Satoshi Tomiie,who produced "Ai Shita Anata ha Tsuyoi Hito," Absolute Ego's second single. Tomiie's own single "Up in Flames" has placed his album Full Lick all over the RPM radio charts, in rotation at stations from Oregon to Florida.
Aside from her ventures into the remix realm on The Other Side of Absolute Ego, Aco recently joined avant grade rapper Twigy to lay down vocals on a new single by DJ Krush titled "Tragicomic."
Providing an alluring teasing bridge between Twigy's hard-hitting rap verses, Aco exhibits a vibrant physical and vocal presence that exudes sexuality, commands attention, and defines attraction.
If you're looking for Aco in the near future, check the Billboard charts. You might also want to try the skate parks of Southern California.
"I'd like to go to LA - it's really laid-back, and I could just relax there," explains Aco. "I'll go skateboarding!" source
Golden Pink Arrow♂Spoiler
Taeji Sawai (Electronics)
Golden Pink Arrow♂ began in 2005 in Berlin, Germany. The group was formed by ACO (singer) and Osamu Sawai Tae (electronics).
The goal of the activities at home and abroad, expand the songs with English.
Taeji Sawai started out as a new wave and rock guitarist and composer in the Osaka scene. Gradually adding instruments and responsibilities, from 2000 his main instrument became laptop computers, which he continues to augment with guitars, electronic drums, and other instrumentation.
In addition to his musical career Taeji has also exhibited and performed internationally both with the audio/visual duo portable[k]ommunity (including an interactive installation at the Yuerba Buena arts facility in San Francisco, and at a group presentation for the Armory show in NY, 2003) and the sound performance duo aeo with Yamantsuka EYE, of the Boredoms, appearing at John Zorn's 50th birthday concerts, All Tomorrow's Parties, and Sonar festivals.
Taeji and Aco began experimenting with a number of sound and collaborative configurations, playing both in Japan, and in invited special concerts, such as their sell-out appearance at Danses Hus, Stockholm in 2004.
After Aco and Taeji worked together on Irony they moved to Berlin to develop their next project. Initially Berlin was exciting, and they enjoyed collaborations with artists such as Carsten Nicolai, but the dark Berlin winters got the best of them, and their sound became darker and darker until one day Aco said. "Enough is enough. I don't want to be 'dark.' I don't want to be 'experimental.' We are funky people and we like funky music! We still love to rock!!" The next day Aco drew some symbols on the wall, including an arrow she drew with a pink pen. "Let's do a new band!" She said, "And let's name it golden pink arrow!!!" The gpa was born.
Taeji and Aco packed up their bags, and returned to Tokyo and enlisted Osaka rock scene compatriots Tanaka-kun on drums and Simmmy-chang on lead guitar. GPA played their first show at "Sonar Sound Tokyo 2006" to a delighted audience and critical acclaim.
After months of recordings and rehearsals, they're ready to take their sound on the road.� source
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