The album's theme is based on the centuries-old Japanese tradition of mending broken ceramics with gold: Kintsugi, meaning “The Golden Repair.” Not only is there no attempt to hide the damage, but the repair is literally illuminated. The cracks aren't hidden and are instead used as part of the design
January began writing Kintsugi in 2018. This time with her bandmate and keyboardist Chris Kennedy leading her to experiment with an unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, created by placing felt or pegs on the hammers of the piano. The record defines January's signature sound
which was further developed by her continued musical partnership with producer Matt Robertson.
Her rich and emotive vocals create warmth and sweetness while the vocal overdubs create an echoing providing layer upon layer of luxurious, uplifting, undeniably spiritual warmth via lyrics that intertwine metaphor and a longing for love. Each song is set to arpeggios played contemplatively and intimately. While producer, grammy nominated Matt Robertson, who’s skills are as diverse as the artists he works with (musical director for Björk, The Cinematic Orchestra) cocoons her songs with analogue synths, programming and arranging them into perfection, creating something truly unique, sounding only like January. Kintsugi, the golden repair, is a physical manifestation of resilience. In this case instead of gold, it was music that strengthened and illuminated the break into these songs.
Photography by Adeline Wohlwend. Artwork by @indig0. Paintings in Liner notes by the artist Darvish Fakhr.