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2.7.2019

Premiere: Listen To The Love Letter That Is "Hanami" By Caro

Hindsight is 20/20. It’s an old adage that never loses its relevance, or power; and for singer Caro, it’s more timely than ever. Debuting on Milk today, “Hanami” is the singer’s “love letter to [her] past…[and] to a sweetheart”; a way of speaking to previous moments in her life that haven’t quite faded from memory yet (and perhaps never will).

“Hanami” is a smooth yet decidedly powerful track, inspired by artists like Nujabes and J Dilla, who helped shaped Caro’s love for hip hop, jazz, and soul. And though she emphasizes the importance of her inspirations, it’s the personal story that really hits home.

“’Hanami’, my first single off of my debut EP Flower Language, is both a simple, intimate love song as well as a celebration of nostalgia and music from the past,” she says. “The title itself, which means ‘flower viewing’ in Japanese, evokes a sense of personal nostalgia as it reminds me of the idyllic cherry blossom festivals of my childhood in Japan; the title also acts as a metaphor for appreciating my lover as I would a flower. Even the lyrics are in honor of the significant poets that shaped my writing, such as E.E. Cummings and Pablo Neruda. Ultimately, ‘Hanami’ is as much a love letter to my past as it is a love letter to a sweetheart.”

Listen to “Hanami” below, premiering exclusively on Milk.

Featured image courtesy of Carey MacArthur

Track credits:

Production – Rizr

Mix – Seven AM

Master – Marcus (Avec Plaisir)

Stay tuned to Milk for more first listens.

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