Interviews Music

One Track Mind: Hinako Omori

The classical pianist and synthesiser obsessive discusses the timeless beauty of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Energy Flow

The premise of One Track Mind is pretty simple: I ask artists to pick one track that means a lot to them – either something they’ve discovered recently, something that’s been with them for years, or one that reminds them of a specific time in their life or career – and tell me what makes it so special to them. I get to talk to the artists I love, and they get to talk about the artists they love. Love all round!

Born in Yokohama, Japan, Hinako Omori moved to the UK when she was three years old and currently lives in London. She began her musical path learning classical piano, later training as a sound engineer, and has since moved into working with analogue synths. Previous to releasing her own solo material she toured with and played on records by a raft of critically acclaimed musicians including Kae Tempest, Georgia, and Ed O’Brian. However it is her experience in sound engineering that form the foundation for her new album a journey…, a deeply meditative electronic project that encompasses binaural field recordings, analogue synthesisers and augmented vocals.

For her One Track Mind selection, Omori has picked a track by arguably Japan’s most celebrated and influential musician of all time, Ryuichi Sakamoto.


Hinako Omori – Ocean

Apologies for the complete lack of posts: I’ve been away! In an actual different country! For the first time since 2019! And yes it was great, thanks so much for asking. Hopefully you’ve found other places to get your daily music fix, but if you’re still a bit wound up about it have a quick listen to this ridiculously beautiful track from Hinako Omori’s recent(ish) album a journey. And if you’re still angry, there’s not very much I can do for you.