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Pseudonym used by 一ノ宮頼子 (Yoriko Ichinomiya) in the early 2000s.
Before devoting herself to songwriting, Daija has been a dancer and a professional soccer player, and travelled all around the world. As an urban artist inspired mostly by the New York scene of the 1990s (funk, hip-hop, r’n’b, acid jazz and lounge, but also, more occasionally, shoegaze and trip-hop), her music was a mix of these influences and could result either in catchy, flirtatious songs with a funky beat, smooth love ballads with a 90s r’n’b feel or unusually sad, melancholic dream pop songs with existential, surrealistic or esoteric lyrics.

One of her characteristics was to use whispered, sensual vocals instead of regular soul-inspired singing. Sometimes world elements were incorporated, such as sitar in the song “To the Unseen Ground”.
Daija released one EP titled “Aphrodisiac” (媚薬) in 2000, and one album titled “Chaos” in 2001. Later on, she changed her style to contemporary folk and jazz, and released new music, this time under her real name.

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  • GrandHibou

    She sounds like Aco and UA, perhaps more eclectic and urban.

    7 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Madrangue

    Melancholic Yoriko > funky Daija of course, but come on, this is really nice. 90s lounge, groovy and all. I sorta miss this decade, today's mainstream urban scene sucks donkey balls, and the underground scene is all about chiptune abuse, hipstery samples and shutter shades. They just don't do songs like this anymore.

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Van_x

    Kitsch ! but Yoriko is GOD !

    25 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Madrangue

    Daija & Yoriko, the hot and the cold. I love her so much.

    12 Jul 2011 Reply
  • serdar87

    agree

    9 Jul 2011 Reply
  • ChrisDarksteel

    I'd like to listen this project, but I found nothing on the web... only japanese page that I don't understand.

    7 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Madrangue

    Very erotic moods, an aphrodisiac indeed. So different from the depressive folk songs she released under her real name, but I truly enjoy her eclecticism.

    6 Jul 2011 Reply

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