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Japanese-Belgian duo Aili announce debut album, drop new single ‘Babychan’

Posted on 21 Nov 2023

Belgian-Japanese duo Aili return this November with the irresistible electro-pop of Babychan, the second single taken from their forthcoming debut album. Where previous releases have seen the band sing about fashion, dancing, money and pillow fights, Babychan sees Aili Maruyama & Orson Wouters finally tackle one of pop's biggest subjects, love. As we've come to expect from them though, Babychan is not your usual love song.

"This is our first love song (and the only love song on the album)," explains Maruyama. "It’s about the first phase of a relationship when you’re completely absorbed by LOVE. We directly translated Dutch idioms into Japanese sentences. We don’t know if those sayings are correct, but we hope people will understand us. This might be confusing, but that’s what love is all about."

Perfectly capturing that heady overwhelming experience, you'll find no heartfelt pianos, acoustic guitar or plaintive yearning here rather Babychan is another joyous explosion of sound, from looping acidic bleeps and lazer sharp synth to rattling percussion, all topped off by Aili's distinctive vocals.

Making their debut in 2021 with the critically acclaimed Dansu EP, Maruyama and Wouters have quickly established themselves as one of Belgium’s most exciting new acts. Signed to Eskimo Recordings the band have spent much of the past six months in the studio working on their hotly anticipated debut album Nandakke?’, set for release on February 23, 2024. Their first Belgian release show will take place at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels on March 7, with more tour dates to be announced soon.