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Natural Calamity - Have You Seen The Sun Today

from KUMOKO by Various Artists

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Natural Calamity (Shunji Mori) BIO:

Mori released his first album “Dawn In the Valley” under the alias of Natural Calamity in 1991, which was produced by Toshio Nakanishi. He went on to release six more albums and one remix album, and produced artists such as UA and Kaseki Cider. He has also remixed tracks for NIGO, SUKIA, and SILENT POETS, and is active as a guitar player for studio sessions. In 1998 he debuted in the U.S. by signing with IDEAL RECORDS which was owned by the Dust Brothers, who were known for producing the Beastie Boys, Beck, and Rolling Stones, and performed at events with the Dust Brothers. His music was lauded for its “dreamy sound” by the media in the U.S., and was used by Jack Johnson in one of his films.
In 2001, Mori released a self-titled album for his instrumental guitar project UMA UMA, and in September 2003, Natural Calamity released their 7th album “Night Is Indigo”. Mori started the instrumental guitar group “Gabby & Lopez” with Masayuki Ishii (TICA) in 2003, and they released their first album “STRAW HAT, 30 SEEDS” in September 2004, followed by a series of live shows. In November 2006, they released their second album “Nicky's Dream”, and their third album “Twilight for 9th street” in September 2011. He is busy performing improvisational shows with Daiho Soga(CINEMA dub MONKS) and working on a new Natural Calamity record.

1991年、中西俊夫プロデュースによるナチュラル・カラミティとしての1stアルバム『Dawn In The Valley』でデビュー。以降6枚のアルバム、1枚のリミックスアルバムをリリース。UA、かせきさいだぁ等のプロデュースやNIGO、SUKIA、SILENT POETS等のREMIXなども手掛ける。ギタリストとしてもゲストミュージシャンとして多方面で活躍。1998年にはビースティーボーイズ、ベック、ローリングストーンズのプロデュースで知られるダストブラザースのIDEAL RECORDSより全米デビュー、ダストブラザース主催のイベントにも出演。静かでメランコリックな彼の音楽性はアメリカのメディアでは"ドリーミー・サウンド"と称され、ジャック ジョンソンが自身のムービーのサウンド・トラックに使用するなど世界各地でその評価は非常に高い。2001年には「UMA UMA」名義でのギターインストアルバム『UMA UMA』をリリース。2003年9月には瑞々しい4年ぶりのナチュラル・カラミティ7thアルバム『Night Is Indigo』をリリース。2003年には森俊二と石井マサユキ--TICA--によるギター・インスト・ユニット「Gabby&Lopez」を結成。2004年9月、待望の1stアルバム『STRAW HAT, 30 SEEDS』を発表、数々のライヴ・イベントに出演する。2006年11月に2ndアルバム『Nicky'sDream』を2011年3月には3rdアルバム『Twilight for 9th street』リリース。現在は曽我大穂(CINEMA dub MONKS)との即興ライヴやふたたびナチュラル・カラミティの新作と新しいプロジェクトでのアルバムを製作中。


from KUMOKO, released January 17, 2016
Written and Produced by Shunji Mori


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KUMOKO was born in the clouds in the sky on January 17, 2011. KUMOKO is a spirit child and artist of the sky. She spontaneously creates art using clouds, and paints the sky in vibrant colors.
Kumoko was created by Akiko & Hashim Bharoocha.

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