|Single by Wagakki Band with Amy Lee|
|from the album TOKYO SINGING|
|Released||September 18, 2020|
|Label||UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC|
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Written by: A. Lee, Machiya (町屋) and Suzuhana Yuko (鈴華ゆう子)
Sakura Rising is a song from Wagakki Band's sixth studio album, Tokyo Singing, featuring Amy Lee which is set to be released on October 14, 2020. It was rumored that it was written and performed exclusively for Wagakki Band's "Premium Symphonic Night Vol.2" concert where Amy performed as a guest. This orchestral concert took place in Osaka, Japan on February 16, 2020. However, the song wasn't performed at the concert and was originally penned for Wagakki Band's new album.
On September 11, 2020, Amy posted the following statement on Facebook:
|The last time I got on a plane was in February, when Wagakkiband invited me to Osaka to perform with them in a very special concert featuring a full orchestra. For those of you who don’t know their music, they mix traditional Japanese instruments with hard rock to create an epic fusion that is totally unique. Yuko is a fantastic singer and the whole concert was mesmerizing to watch. I joined onstage for a Wagakkiband version of Bring Me To Life, as well as a bit of their song “Senbonzakura” which was my first time singing in Japanese. On the trip, we also wrote a song together that will be on their new album, “TOKYO SINGING,” out 10.24.|
On the next day, Waggakki Band posted a anime clip containing a 18-second preview of the song teasing a September 18, 2020 release. Amy published a similar clip depicting New York, whereas the first clip depicts Tokyo. On the 14th, a 30-second preview was published on both artists's social media accounts. The lyric video was released on September 18, 2020. Watch it here.
The song was produced and recorded the day before their orchestral show, but it was finished through file sharing due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Amy on the collaboration:
|In collaboration with Evanescence’s Amy Lee, our new song is finally finished.
About two years ago, Amy watched our concert video and asked us to meet her, so Machiya and I flew to Los Angeles to see her concert in person. At the time, we promised to collaborate someday.
About a year and a half later after her concert, we invited Amy as a special guest to our concert held in Osaka-jo Hall. During Amy’s visit, we were able to go into the studio and finally create the framework of the new song together. After Amy went back to the US, we exchanged emails and data back and forth; and Amy and I had many enthusiastic talks about the lyrics.
Affected by the new coronavirus, we prayed for each other’s safety and always exchanged information about the situation in each country. Then, overcoming the language barrier and time differences between us, this song was finally born.
Because of the equal situation in the world today, we could relate to each other more than ever; and it’s become a song that we could only make now. It’s a sound that WaggakkiBand never had before. Crossing the oceans and wishing for peace together, this song is filled with our desire to be united as one to usher in a new era together.
|Having the opportunity to collaborate with Amy has finally been realized! Thinking back, it’s been about two years since we first met, so I would say the feeling is closer to, “We finally made it!”. Performing together in February at Osaka-Jo Hall, where we had the chance to create together face-to-face was amazing!
Amy was overflowing with so many different ideas that approached the concept from a different perspective, it was a very meaningful experience to be able to share ideas and spend time together! When we went into the recording studio to work on our concepts, I was overwhelmed by hearing Amy’s vocals in person! Even just her humming, I was like “Wow, how awesome!” you know [laughs].
I was super excited and inspired, and I made sure to give all my energy to this piece of work. I devoted my heart and soul to respond to Amy’s amazing talent and presence. With ideas from Yuko and myself, we put every effort into creating harmony!
I have loved Evanescence ever since modern alternative rock music first came to Japan. It has been a great honor for me to be able to work with Amy on this album, and I am very grateful for this encounter and opportunity!
In an interview with Billboard Japan, Amy talked about the song's meaning:
|This song is about unity, and hope. From opposite sides of the world we face the same problems, and we need to fight together instead of fighting each other.|
Sakura Rising with Amy Lee of EVANESCENCE
- Recording date: February 2020
- Status: Released on September 18, 2020
- Released on: Tokyo Singing (track #5)
- Length: 3:47
I see you
想像は (Your light)
混沌の (No lies)
最前線 (This time)
SAKURA 咲け 儚げに
双方に (Bright white)
構想は (This time)
SAKURA 咲け 海を越え
I will find you again
And nothing can keep us apart