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Birds of Bellwoods’ kintaro pays tribute to late Canadian actor Denis Akiyama with new track ‘Death by Name’

Birds of Bellwoods bassist kintaro has shared a new single, “Death by Name.”

This new track is kintaro’s third solo release, and serves as the follow-up to “Rewind.” “Death by Name” is inspired by the loss of his father, Japanese Canadian actor and musician Denis Akiyama. The haunting, yet upbeat single channels a pensive sound atop a deep groove. He wrote it in the wake of his father’s passing, when he found himself confused and angry.

“‘Death by Name’ hopes to distill the love that exists in the world, in the face of darkness,” kintaro explains. “Narratively I wanted to change my perspective, and try to understand the world from the eyes of another. Sonically I wanted to explore the constant pulse that I feel within me. I hope you feel it too.”

Listen to “Death by Name” below.

Ultimately, the song is about how the hole that was left after his father’s death ended up letting in even more light. Kintaro wants listeners to live their lives to the fullest before it’s too late. Lyrically, kintaro delivers lines like, “And don’t let me be the one/ That makes you realize/ That love is all you’ve got/ When you’re running out of time.”

The new single was performed, written, recorded and produced by Kintaro Akiyama himself. It was mixed by Jack Emblem and mastered by João Carvalho.

His EP channels similar themes as “Death By Name.” Ultimately, the forthcoming collection explores “the ephemeral nature of life and love,” according to a release. The EP is set for release sometime in the fall.

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