Rié (pronounced ree-ay) Funakoshi – known simply as Rié – is a Japanese London-art school graduate set to make her debut UK release this summer with the four-track EP Business Trips, arriving on June 30th.
The Business Trips EP adds to a rich back-catalogue of music for Rié. Having studied Fine Art at London’s Central St Martins, she began to immerse herself in music shortly after graduating, which along with painting, became her defining characteristic. Following a deluge of songwriting the young woman earned a deal with Sony Japan at the age of 19 under the recording name Rie Fu, earning herself widespread recognition with the release of her debut album at home. Subsequent albums followed, along with a stint performing on a series of Asian tours before Rié returned to the UK and settled down to record the Business Trips EP. Dedicating half of the EP to Tokyo and half to London, tracks one and three are produced by the London-based electronic three-piece, Theme Park and two and four by the Japanese producer, Hikaru Ishizaki. The songs are at once more daring and lustrously melodic than previous releases, with a move towards a richly detailed electronic sound.
Watch the video for lead single, ‘St. Martins’ (Theme Park mix) below