Recorded in Japan, Tokyo, Penny Ikinger’s third solo album, is an international collaboration with legendary guitarist Deniz Tek from Radio Birdman, and musicians from the Tokyo psychedelic rock underground.
Tokyo, released on Kerosene Records in Japan, was launched in Tokyo on 26th July when Penny Ikinger performed with the Japanese band The Silver Bells. The Silver Bells will also back Penny Ikinger at the Australian Tokyo album launch at Melbourne Museum’s Nocturnal on Friday Sept 7th.
The Japanese version, released first in Japan by Kerosene Records (Tokyo) in July, includes a bonus track – a cover of “Boys in Town” by Divinyls. Tokyo will also be released by Off The Hip Records (Melbourne) worldwide in August.
“Penny Ikinger…imagine Nico channelling Sandy Denny in front of Blue Oyster Cult – and you’re close”. Rolling Stone (USA)
Double A side single ‘Gin No Suzu’ and ‘Ride On Cowboy’ was launched at the Andoaingo Rock Festival in Spain in June 2017 as a taster of the album.
“The thing that Ikinger has always been a master of is using re-conceptualizations as she maintains that undeniable voice. A voice that is as sultry as it is airy, haunting, and potent that has always drawn me in. Seemingly hanging on the edge…Timeless, and intricate.” Global Texan Chronicles
The CD single received airplay in Japan, Australia, USA, France, Germany and French Polynesia, most notably on The Mike Rogers Show on Inter FM in Tokyo, which has an listening audience of 31 million people.
Tokyo was recorded at Studio Life in Tokyo and mixed at Hothouse, Melbourne, with the generous help of the Australia-Japan Foundation.
Penny was guitarist for Australian psychedelic rock bands Wet Taxis and Sacred Cowboys several decades ago and is now established as a solo artist. She released her debut solo album Electra on CD on Career Records (USA) and vinyl on Bang! Records (Spain) in 2003 and her second solo album Penelope on Citadel Records (Australia) in 2010. Both albums appeared in Top Ten lists in Australia, U.S.A. and Europe. Now she releases her much-anticipated third album Tokyo.
This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.