Tokyo via London grunge-pop chanteuse Cream with a K (a.k.a. Lee Tatlock) returns with her latest solo effort, ‘5:35‘. Described as “equal parts Smashing Pumpkins, and St. Vincent – a refreshing burst of pop with integrity that pays homage to her favorite era” by C-Heads, the single takes you on a journey of what its like to experience the first train on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.
“It’s 5:35am, the first train of the day on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. The experience of doing an all-nighter in Japan is truly unique and surreal”, says Tatlock. “Between 18-20 years old I was a crazy party girl and the 5:35am train was part of my routine train home. In a wrap, this song is about riding the train home with drunken passed out salarymen, weekday clubbers and prostitutes.”
A musician, visual artist and former model, Cream with a K is most well known for her former involvement as the singer in the Japanese Pop band NEKO PUNCH (Universal Music Japan). Having cut her teeth in the entertainment industry in Tokyo, she decided it was time to reconnect with the West through Cream with a K in early 2016, her first fully English project since her start in music. Pulling her influences from her hometown of London, her adopted hometown of Tokyo and pairing them alongside fuzzy grunge tones and etherial pop vocals makes her first solo effort a surefire head turner.
Working alongside many noteworthy Japanese producers such as Takeshi Kobayashi, Hydain and Shingo Yasumoto and bilingual in Japanese and English, she also turned her hand to song and lyric writing for other Japanese and Korean artists. In Tokyo, seen as a cultural figure who links the UK and Tokyo Music scenes, she was the TV host of the Japanese Rock music TV Show NHK’s “Nippon Rocks” series.
Her debut self-titled album is out now in Japan exclusively at Tower Records and will see a worldwide release in early 2019.
“Fuzzy guitars paired with sticky sweet synths and Tatlock’s signature etherial vocals, her latest solo effort is equal parts Smashing Pumpkins, and St. Vincent – a refreshing burst of pop with integrity that pays homage to her favorite era” – C-Heads
“Merging fuzz toned sonic influences from her native London with that of her adopted home of Tokyo, her pitched pop vocal and penchant for 90s indie rock make for perfectly balanced treat” – The Line Of Best Fit
“Cream With A Kmixes fuzzy 90s-toned indie rock with her deceptively sweet vocal and packs quite a punch” – Born Music