New York-based singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress Shihori teams up with mega-producer Dibs to release “Perfect Imperfection,” a song/lyric video about realizing our flaws are what make us so uniquely special.
Originally from Nagoya, Japan, Shihori was born almost deaf in her left ear, while her right ear has perfect pitch. She also suffered from dwarfism and Asperger’s Syndrome and was even kidnapped. Yet she rose above her infirmities, singing by the age of 2, writing music when she was seven-years-old, followed by formal training as a classical pianist when she was nine-years-old.
Shihori explains, “(My) half-silent world got me into extreme concentration; I lived in my own imaginary world. I didn’t hear anything, just created…people thought I was ignoring them many times but I just didn’t hear anything from my left side and my other ear was only for my imagination. I never hated my hearing in my life, because I love the sound of silence on my left side which always helps my creation. I have rather considered my deafness as a “gift,” and the other ear is a “gift” as well because my right ear has a perfect pitch by nature.”
When she turned 17, Shihori elected to become a singer, sharing her message of love and peace with others. By the time she was 18, she was recording and performing, as well as writing hit songs for other artists, songs topping the Oricon Chart and achieving gold status.
On “Perfect Imperfection,” Shihori blends her exquisite voice with future bass, pop, and EDM flavors to generate a dazzling indie-pop treasure brimming with visceral energy.
Commenting on the way the song came together, Dibs says, “Shihori is one of those rare artists that can combine emotion with musicality in a way that hits you at your core. With a beautiful voice and a powerful story to match, Shihori’s music is truly something special, and I have no doubt it will touch the hearts of so many.”
Shihori will be donating all Bandcamp proceeds from the single to Joyful Heart Foundation, which aids victims of sexual abuse, DV, and child abuse.
“Perfect Imperfection” opens on an elegant piano, followed by the entry of Shihori’s delicious voice. As the rhythm takes hold, riding a potent bassline and crisp drums, the melody assumes coruscating textures topped by gleaming sonic accents. Radiant vocal harmonies infuse the lyrics with depth and resonant dimension.
“You should know you have the perfect imperfection / Every moment, every color / Within me all I discover / Shadow and light both together / Living in harmony / Who will be with you forever? / Isn’t that yourself?”
Wonderfully wrought and bursting with vibrancy, “Perfect Imperfection” delivers a sumptuous message of self-love and self-acceptance.
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