Kei Watanabe


Whisperings is Kei Watanabe’s debut album released through the independent label Syrphe.

Includes pieces recorded both in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Berlin, Germany.

Kei Watanabe (Sri Lanka/Japan) performs ghostly mystifying and electrifying improvisations of found instruments, shuffling loops and odd occurrences. A minimal combination of voice, bells, stringed instruments and electric hums.

This first album is a collection of tracks composed between 2017 and 2021 in Colombo and Berlin.
While recording Kei’s sessions in Berlin, we tried to keep her way of working and recording as close as possible from her original style and sound (in Colombo with a cassette recorder, effects and a looper, in Berlin with a computer, looper and some more effects) but without entirely creating a carbon copy of her previous compositions.


released October 1, 2021

All instruments, voice and live effects : Kei Watanabe.
Track 2 and 3 recorded by Kei Watanabe.
Track 1, 4, 5, 6 recorded, mixed and edited by Cedrik Fermont.
Mastering : Cedrik Fermont at Syrphe.
Cover concept and design (wood block) : Sharon Tan.
Digital cover editing : Cedrik Fermont.
Cover wood block printing : Cedrik Fermont.