Shugo Tokumaru – Exit

October 16, 2008

Shugo Tokumaru’s Exit is Japanese pop in that it’s pop sung in Japanese by an artist living in Tokyo, but if you’re thinking Shonen Knife or Puffy AmiYumi, then you’re way off. Instead it’s pop that’s reminiscent of both Teenage Fanclub and Self’s toy instrument album, Gizmodgery, written and performed by a talented multi-instrumentalist with a taste for the eclectic. Tokumaru’s music is consistently surprising, sometimes sweet but never sappy, and he even throws in a couple of tracks with a distinctly county western flavor (“Sanganichi” and “La La Radio.”) Definitely recommended for indie pop fans, and for anyone seeking music out of the ordinary. Standout cuts: “Parachute,” “Green Rain,” “Button” and “Hidamari.”

http://www.myspace.com/shugotokumaru

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