Wednesday, January 23, 2013

3 Songs: On Repeat

Shugo Tokumaru – “Decorate” (Kaleidoscopic first single taken from the Japanese multi-instrumentalist’s new album, In Focus? Out now on Polyvinyl.  Ridiculously meticulous - he incorporates over 20 instruments on each track to shape his energetic Beatles-esque sound and although sung mostly in Japanese, the infectious melodies are universal.  Besides, half the fun is wondering “what instrument just made that sound and what will I hear next?”.)   

Daniel Romano – “Middle Child” (The aching and pleading opening track to the Ontario-based classic Country & Western singer’s lonesome new album, Come Cry With Me, released this week via Normaltown Records.  Daniel’s stylish sound is a pastiche-less throwback to the old Country crooners Hank Williams and fellow Canadian, Hank Snow, as Romano showcases his storytelling gift on his excellent third album.)   

Mystical Weapons – “Mechanical Mammoth” (New improvisational instrumental project from multi-instrumentalists Greg Saunier of Deerhoof and Sean Lennon.  Their genre-defiant art-damaged sound incorporates inventive yet fractured rhythms and creatively off-kilter arrangements on their headphones-worthy self-titled debut, out now on Chimera Music.)


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