Orange Pekoe (オレンジ・ペコー, Orenji Pekō, or orange pekoe) is a Japanese music duo which formed in 1998, and had its first major debut in 2002, with the single "Happy Valley". The band is named for orange pekoe, a type of tea.
Orange Pekoe is composed of Kazuma Fujimoto, who plays guitar and does the composition, arrangement, and programming of the music, and Tomoko Nagashima, who writes the lyrics and performs vocals.
The pair, both originally from Hyōgo prefecture, began working together as graduate students at Kwansei Gakuin University in Osaka. They began performing in cafes and small venues in Osaka and Kobe in 2000, and released their first mini-album, self-titled, in April 2001, under an independent label. After having their music played on a local radio station, and gaining popularity locally, the pair were picked up by major music label BMG Japan, releasing their first single, "Happy Valley", in April 2002. The single entered heavy rotation on radio stations across Japan, and the duo's first album, Organic Plastic Music, was released the following month.
Though Fujimoto's compositions draw strongly upon jazz, they reflect the influence of other musical styles and elements as well. Fujimoto has said that he draws influence from the Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Milton Nascimento, and makes use of the acoustic sound as well as drawing from bossa nova and samba styles.
Nagashima's vocal register is alto. The duo's lyrics often make use of English as well.
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