The song features drummer Luke Holland, a frequent Richardson collaborator, and will be included on the guitarist’s upcoming solo album.
Jason Richardson has released another shred-heavy track, Ishimura, after collaborating with Polyphia axeman Tim Henson on a stunning new single, Upside Down, last month.
The song, like Upside Down, features Luke Holland on drums, who lays down laser-precise beats behind Richardson’s stunning seven-string guitar work, which includes weighty low-register riffs, fiery two-handed tapping, out-of-this-world time signature-fluid sweeps, and even the occasional Gojira-style pick scrape.
Over Ishimura’s 5-minute length, Richardson is unrelenting in his delivery, demonstrating his strong fretboard stamina and occasionally pausing for some ultra-melodic vocal-style phrases.
Richardson plays a white sparkle-finished version of his iconic 7-string Ernie Ball Music Man Cutlass in the music video for the song. Take a look at the video below.
Richardson is presently working on a new album, which will be the follow-up to 2016’s I, however no additional details have been given. Ishimura will appear on the album, although Upside Down’s participation has yet to be confirmed.
“I believe this is one of my favorite tunes from the new album,” adds the virtuoso. “It has one of the most memorable hooks I’ve ever composed in my solo work.” “I’m ecstatic that this music is finally making its way into the world.”
Drummer Luke Holland appears to be contributing his stick work to the rest of the album as well.
He responded to a tweet calling him the “GOAT” for his contributions to Richardson’s 2018 single, Tendinitis, earlier this month by tagging Richardson and commenting, “Man that was four years ago. “Wait until you hear the new record,” says the narrator.
In other developments, both Jason Richardson and Luke Holland recently appeared as guests on Our Way, the premiere song from G2 Esports’ music division.
G2 Esports founder and CEO Carlos “ocelote” Rodriguez led the track, which included Finnish singer Noora Louhimo, Taylor Davis – famed for her epic violin renditions – and Chinese-born American cellist Tina Guo, who collaborated with Hans Zimmer on the Dune soundtrack in 2021.