‘So Much Love’ is the latest full-bodied single from the London-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Calista Kazuko. This song is one that expresses a rich range of emotion in order to celebrate the admiration for life, a bright self-confidence, and the intense love you feel for your nearest and dearest.
As is often the case with Kazuko’s potent avant-garde style, this song is built around the polished interplay between a deftly played piano and the artist’s sophisticated vocal. You can certainly hear why comparisons are often drawn between her bold sound and that of Kate Bush, Regina Spektor and Marina and the Diamonds.
Joining the powerful force of voice and piano is a complimentary backing band (Fred Claridge on drums and Sam Weston on bass), who utilize a sometimes restrained and sometimes improvised, jazzy style to reflect the fluidity of Kazuko’s performance.
Calista produced the track alongside co-producer and engineer Ru Lemer at the historic Temple Music Studio, home to musical legends Jon Hiseman and Barbara Thompson.
We can watch the magic taking place thanks to a live performance captured by filmmaker Philip Reinking during recording sessions at Temple Music Studio.
Here to share her experience writing this new single, Calista Kazuko says that, “So Much Love is my very first love song, can you believe it? I thought it was about time! We recorded while I was super pregnant and loved up on oxytocin, so this song is for the love you feel as a partner, a parent, a child, a friend, a human full of SO MUCH LOVE!”
‘So Much Love’ follows on from this year’s earlier release of ‘Panda’, a playful alt-pop ode to motherhood that brought in praise from Songwriting Magazine, Beautiful Buzzz, LOCK Magazine, She Makes Music, Voice Magazine, Mixed Tapes, Amazing Radio and more!
These 2022 singles ‘So Much Love’ and ‘Panda’ are also part of the extended Uchi project, which consists of songs written and recorded during and after Calista Kazuko’s pregnancy. In collaboration with Migrant Help, this ongoing project celebrates family and love, ruminating on the homes we carry within ourselves.
Calista Kazuko studied classical/jazz piano and composition at London’s Royal Academy of Music, and has since been performing and winning fans across the world with her dynamic voice and captivating songs. The London-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has become known for her cinematic genre bending and controversial boundary pushing style. Beautifully bold and aggressive, but with a vulnerable open femininity.
With top 10 chart success and shows from Wembley Arena to Live from Maida Vale for the BBC, Calista’s impact in the world of music is matched in that of fashion, where Stella McCartney has used her tracks as catwalk openers and Parisian fashion house Jitrois actually named its couture ‘Callista’ jacket after her.
She released her highly anticipated debut solo album Empress in November 2019, continuing to modify the norms of modern songwriting, this stunning concept album worked alongside some of the UK’s leading charities to challenge complex themes while never losing its sense of fun.
A passionate advocate for using her art as a platform for change, Calista founded charity-based arts collective Voice of Aiko in 2018 with support from Arts Council England. 2021 saw Calista lead a collaborative music making project with NHS staff called ‘Notes from the Frontline’ creating an album of songs in response to the pandemic. Her ‘Uchi’ campaign launched in June 2021 for Refugee Week in collaboration with Migrant Help.
In evermore exciting news, Calista is penning her debut music-theatre piece, a collaboration with playwright Stephanie Martin, premiering in early 2023 with support from Help Musicians UK.
SOURCE: Official Bio