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"Pieces of sky" (2017)

1. Bright and Blue

2. Roma

3. Undying Light

4. My Life is Better Because You Are In It

5. Pieces of Sky

6. Fourth of Julivar's

7. I Will Not Be Moved

8. Walking for Two

9. Make Me a Bird

10. All Entwined

 

"Fog on the lens" (2015)

1. Fog on the Lens

2. Fallen Cedar

3. Green World

4. Magnolias (for Philip)

5. Nightingale

6. Cold Clear Moon

7. Shadows

8. Darkest of Seasons

9. Open Room

10. Off the Grid

 
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Named "Best Folk Act 2017" by Seattle Weekly, Tomo Nakayama has consistently created music that is complex, nuanced, and emotionally compelling. His decade of work both as a solo artist and as frontman in his chamber-pop band Grand Hallway has been praised by NPR, New York Times, and KEXP. Known for his crystalline high-tenor voice, intricate fingerpicking, cinematic production style, and simple, poetic lyrics imbued with warmth and humanity, Tomo’s songs have drawn comparisons to Paul Simon, Elliott Smith, and Jeff Buckley. He has also composed music for film and television, and starred as an actor alongside Ellen Page in Lynn Shelton’s Sundance Grand Jury nominated movie “Touchy Feely”. He was Artist in Residence at Seattle’s Town Hall, where he wrote and recorded (with Yuuki Matthews of the Shins) his solo debut album, Fog On The Lens, which spent 8 weeks on the CMJ Top 200 and was named “Album of the Month” by Seattle Met. In 2017, Nakayama toured with Seattle legend Jeremy Enigk of Sunny Day Real Estate. His self-produced second solo album, Pieces of Sky (out 9/8/17 on Ricebelly Music) finds Nakayama venturing further into the digital chamber folk sound of his debut album while incorporating ambient synths, dream pop atmospherics and analog drum machines into the mix. They reflect his experiences of, among other things, touring solo across the US, Japan, and Europe, and a year spent busking and people watching at Seattle Tacoma International Airport.

Press:

"Listening to Pieces of Sky feels like the right words you need to hear from an old friend. With Nakayama’s presence so felt in this city, he fills that role aptly of someone you can always count on when things look bad. It’s an album that calms the soul. It makes me thankful for Nakayama and the excellent work he’s consistently put out over the last decade." - KEXP

"The songs on Pieces of Sky have a quiet, intimate intensity. The music is subtle and full of delicate nuances, but they explore a wide dynamic and emotional range." - Magnet

"Tomo Nakayama makes, if anything, deeper sense to me 16 years after I discovered him in the wake of 9/11. His music was calming folks—although I understand that isn’t his primary intention—in the shadow of 9/11, Election Day, or whatever confines us within the famous Hoodie of Dread. He’s still sensible, still tuneful, understated, urging us to look at the sky, the moon, nature, and commonplace things, commonplace feelings, even." - The Stranger

"In a decade of writing and recording his own music, Nakayama has shown a gift for complexity and nuance." - Seattle Weekly, "Best of Seattle 2017"

"I set into this record with high expectations and preconceived notions of the sonic landscape I would find. However, I find myself caught beautifully off-guard by the sheer sincerity, grace, and risk of this body of work." - ArtistHome

"The most compelling moment is a musical interlude in which Jenny and Paul attend a performance by Tomo Nakayama...his ballad “Horses” distills the inchoate longings of these likable characters more effectively than any spoken words." - New York Times review of Touchy Feely

 

 
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