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MINIMALISM, FRAGILITY AND BOLDNESS IN HARMONY – AMBIENT POP FROM HYBRID DUO O-ARC


Combining fragility and boldness, the songs draw their charm from O-ARC’s minimalist approach to their music. In deceptively simple arrangements, guitar parts and vocals are interwoven to create a beautiful and compelling vibe. Neil’s delicate but intense playing creates a colourful sound collage, over which Masa floats haunting melodies with his distinctive mellow voice. His lyrics are poetic and profound, and the whole combines brilliantly to put the listener in a meditative state. With all these elements their music is incredibly refreshing and soothing.



O-ARC is the creative collaboration between Masa Iida, singer/songwriter from Yokohama, Japan and London-born guitarist & co-writer Neil Mason. They started playing together in late 2002 when Neil contributed to the recording sessions for Masa’s first EP. Since then, the duo have played in a variety of unconventional spaces that match the style of their music: ICA London, Tate Britain, Whitechapel Gallery, Comme des Garçons Boutique in Dover Street Market, and Art Car Boot Sale at Brick Lane.



In 2008 they were nominated for 2 awards on internet radio station ABC: “Fame Game’s The Effigy Awards Final” V – Best Artist in Style (adult alternative category) and Best Song in Style (adult alternative category) for their song So Beaten.



In 2009 they changed their duo name from MASA to O-ARC to reflect the fact that this project was now longer Masa’s solo project. In February they supported Sean O’Hagan’s High Llamas tour in Tokyo, Japan.

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