Friday, January 30, 2009

Shugo Tokumaru's Exit

The description of "Japanese pop" is enough for me to lose any sort of interest, but my curiosity usually gets the better of me -- thankfully, this is one of few times where I'm glad my expectations were wrong.

Shugo Tokumaru's Exit was recorded in 2007, released stateside in 2008, and I'm only getting around to giving it some justified listening in 2009. He will never be mistaken for a Tom Waits or Elliott Smith, but his sense of eclecticism and its relation to production doesn't ruin songs like, say, Animal Collective consistently do. I probably enjoy it a bit more than I should, but it's too short and fun for me to care.

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