Jack Or Jive ‎– Tenshou

Cynfeirdd ‎– Cyn 048, Ultra-Mail Prod. ‎– UMP-010
CD, Album, Limited Edition


1 The Girls Of Shiraume 7:20
2 Be Selfless 5:22
3 Hayabusa 5:17
4 Cherry Blossoms 4:44
5 Kokorobito 2 6:13
6 The Last Day 5:46
7 Blue Landscape 4:06
8 Tenshou 4:06
9 Seiryu 18:17


Produced by Jack Or Jive
(c) Jack Or Jive 2011

Deluxe hardbound packaging, limited to 500.

All songs written by Chako
Covert art: Original image is Seizo's kimono, layout by S. Miyazaki
Sho by Chako
Recorded in 2009-2010

About the song 1. THE GIRLS OF SHIRAUME
In the World War II, Shiraume student nursing corps was formed to nurse the wounded Japanese soldiers in Okinawa. the girls of the corps were 15 or 16 years old. They were trapped in a dire situation by American soldiers and died. Some of them killed themselves. Chako visited the memorial monument of Shiraume to devote her prayer to the girls who died. And sung this song in the dugout where they suicided.
About the soong 3. HAYABUSA
this is a song for the unmanned spacecraft "Hayabusa". We suppose it had a personality through keeping contact with the Earth. his dead after the mission was fugacious and beautiful.

Special thanks to: Seizo Inoue, Junji Morimoto, Kiku Nakayama, Shigeharu Aoyama, Hiroyuki Kiriyama, Satoshi Miyazaki, Masao kida, Alexandre Louis, Tse Sum Ning Diana & Yuen Kim Wah

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 3770001009568


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February 16, 2012


11 Feb, 2012

Jack Or Jive is for sure one of the most famous Japanese projects from the underground scene. After more than 20 years of commitment, having released an impressive number of albums, I sometimes wondering if this project can be still innovating.
This new album, which stands for "rising to the sky high" or "ascend to heaven" features a simple idea. It consists to ‘try to throw out the negative thought and rise’. Musically “Tenshou” doesn’t sound innovating at all. We get a quite traditional Jack Or Jive release on which Chako exercises her voice like an instrument. She awakens multiple emotions, moving from melancholia to happiness. She’s constantly moving in between enigma and meditation. Her singing once more rules over the songs, but I honestly don’t think there was any reason to change a successful formula.
Jack Or Jive always experiments with elements and stories of her own culture. The opening and enlightening “The Girls Of Shiraume” is one of these songs. Musically I was especially fascinated by songs like “Be Selfless” and “Hayabusa”. You feel like a feather floating through the airs. It will bring you serenity and prosperity.
I once more get the feeling of discovering a kind of soundtrack-release, a kind of Japanese version of Philip Glass. The link might be surprising, but both composers have this evasive sensation.
Melancholia appears on “The Last Day” while the last track “Seiryu” is a special one. This is an instrumental track where the musical composition was accentuated in sounds and arrangements. The result is quite enigmatic and experimental new-age inspired track.
The album was released as a very artistic digipak format and will for sure please the heaviest fans of the project.
Band: www.jackorjive.com / www.myspace.com/jackorjive
Label: www.cynfeirdd.com