Taken from the new album “Pieces of Sky”, out September 8th on Ricebelly Music.
Tomo Nakayama is an acclaimed singer/songwriter based in Seattle, Washington. Born in Kochi, Japan to a Vietnamese father and Japanese mother, Tomo’s work both as a solo artist and as frontman in his chamber-pop band Grand Hallway have 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 and images of the natural world, Tomo’s songs have drawn comparisons to Paul Simon, Elliott Smith, and Sigur Rós. 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. The two recorded a split 7” for Black Belt Mastering’s Live on Lacquer series. Following this, Nakayama wrote the songs which would become his second solo album, “Pieces of Sky”. The self-produced album finds Nakayama venturing further into the digital chamber folk sound of his debut album while incorporating elements of 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.