Hinako Omori is a Japanese, London-based musician with a love for synthesizers and anything that makes interesting sounds. Auraelia is the debut EP which is out via Injazero Records. Initially training to be a sound engineer, Hinako studied Music and Sound Recording at the University of Surrey and then went on to continue working in music, at a record label and as part of a curation team for a festival. After session playing on the side, she leapt into working full time as a pianist/keyboard player and programmer – some of the artists Hinako has worked and toured with include Georgia, Kate Tempest, KT Tunstall, James Bay, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Ellie Goulding and Fionn Regan.
According to the press release, ‘Auraelia’ is the first time Hinako has released an EP of her own. After delving into a hard drive of instrumental demos, lyrics and field recordings made over a four-year span, ‘Auraelia’ was born. The tracks are a sonic exploration of space, haziness and transformation, building on layers of synths and vocals.
Speaking about the EP, Hinako says “The idea of the tracks on Auraelia came about during a strange period of having daily migraines with auras for a month. The physical reaction I was experiencing from the auras – the haziness/blurriness/partial loss of sight and spots of light surrounding every day vision – also seemed to reflect the emotions I was feeling at the time – confusion, lack of clarity, ambiguity, mixed feelings of hope and melancholy…
I then discovered that Aurelia is a type of jellyfish, which also strangely seemed to fit the description perfectly! I recently found out that jellyfish don’t have a central nervous system or brain, but respond to stimuli detected from their tentacles – so they’re almost floating through the ocean, kind of helplessly, but perhaps with an innate sense of direction…”