Shugo Tokumaru

I don’t know for sure, but have you heard about this Japanese artist called Shugo Tokumaru? I recently saw his name because he was the support act at a Beirut show in Japan (don’t ask me why I know this). Anyhow, even though I don’t speak Japanese and don’t understand a word he’s singing… the melodies in his music are magic.

Like a lot of my favourite artists, his songs are full of different instruments (ranging from bells to bongos, glokenspiels to guitars) and other sounds. Upbeat melodies fill your head and instantly turn your day a little brighter. (or just make you want to lie on your bed and stare at the ceiling, they’ll make you dance too. Or just, you know, something that good music makes you want to do.) He also covered some pretty darn good songs, and turned them into new (darn good) songs.

His music is categorized under the indie-experimental-pop genre, but that doesn’t really say anything. I guess it’s somewhat of personal taste to like this. But when you hear ‘Rum Hee’ and you don’t feel your heart fluttering… well, I dunno. Maybe then it’s just me.




You can get two free mp3’s via Last.fm (Lahaha and Rum Hee), hurrah!

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