Brisbane singer, songwriter and producer Kurt Sines (aka Yoste) triumphs in his aim to make “songs to stargaze to” on "Chihiro".
It isn't a coincidence that the song is named after the 10-year-old heroine of Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. Yoste (pronounced as in “lost”) wanted to create a feeling of childlike wonderment and being lost in a good way, and for his music to “feel the way Hayao Miyazaki films feel, hence the name “Chihiro,”" as Sines explains.
Yoste blends lush electronic textures to create wide-eyed, dreamy ambient pop on his commercial re-release of “Chihiro” through Akira Records (Rosie Carney, Henry Jamison, Henry Green).
“I wanted to keep it very simple, almost bare,” says Sines. “The structure is unconventional: there is a single melody, only two verses and no real chorus. I wanted the vocals to be almost childlike in their melody and sound, which largely stemmed from the ethereal nature of the instrumentation.