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Shugo Tokumaru – “Katachi” Video

The video for “Katachi,” an orchestral psychedelic song from the Japanese avant-popper Shugo Tokumaru, is a delightfully hypnotic thing, entirely stop-motion animated with cut-out paper shapes. The video adds another cut-out to its ever-shifting kaleidoscopic landscape every split-second, which means somebody put a lot of work into it. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 21, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Shugo Tokumaru – “Katachi” (Stereogum Premiere)

The Japanese psych-pop savant Shugo Tokumaru recorded his new album In Focus? in his home studio, slathering on, per his press release, “an average of twenty instruments” per song. Then he got the thing mastered at Abbey Road. These are boss moves, and the album track “Katachi” does not want for confidence. It’s a lush,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 3, 2013 - 12:57 pm

Shugo Tokumaru – “Decorate”

“Singer/multi-instrumentalist-songwriter” doesn’t quite convey all that’s at play with Japan’s Shugo Tokumaru, though it’s an accurate start. On his forthcoming In Focus?, the artist plays “an average of twenty instruments” on each of its 15 songs, which is so many instruments. “Decorate” is the 2013 LP’s first single, an ebullient pop cut stuffed with solos,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 26, 2012 - 4:33 pm

Shugo Tokumaru – “Linne” (Stereogum Premiere)

Shugo Tokumaru’s instrumental and melodic dexterity can be dizzying, his pop amalgamations thorough and creative, though on “Linne” — a single from his Port Entropy LP — he reins in trickery in favor of a feeling. My Japanese isn’t what it used to be, so on first listen the specific intention of “Linne”‘s lyrical incantatio… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 5, 2011 - 5:19 pm

New Shugo Tokumaru – “Rum Hee”

The Japanese avant pop prodigy has a new EP/DVD, but good luck finding it on an English language retail site. The Rum Hee minisite’s flash heavy, so instead head straight to its title track’s Michinori Saigo-directed video on YouTube. EP includes a Deerhoof remix of the tune, too. ? (*^-^)~??? More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 21, 2009 - 11:41 am

New Shugo Tokumaru Video – “Clocca” (Stereogum Premiere)

Prodigal pop amalgamist Shugo Tokumaru plays all his instruments (unless he’s being backed by the National and Beirut dudes) and multi-tracks his way into rarified space, spinning contemporary and classical Western music forms into a patchwork of highly original, often fantastical set pieces. This animated clip for for “Clocca,” from last year’s excellent Exit LP,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 19, 2009 - 4:39 pm

Shugo Tokumaru Does “Green Rain” On Iggy, Joined By Members Of Beirut And The National Onstage

The last time we pleaded with you to get obsessed with pop savant Shugo Tokumaru came in relation to the fantastical, Beatles-indebted toy-factory waltz of “Green Rain.” Like the best of Shug’s material it features him on so many instruments and possesses a dream-like character, one foot in Western pop forms, another in candy coated… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 26, 2009 - 11:58 am

Shugo Tokumaru Daytrotter Session

Shugo Tokumaru completed his tour with Magnetic Fields and went home to Japan, but not before recording a Daytrotter Session, which went to tape in October. Take a listen (and don’t forget “Green Rain“). More »

By: brandon / November 17, 2008 - 11:43 am

New Shugo Tokumaru – “Green Rain”

You’ll often come across references to Cornelius when people talk up Shugo Tokumaru. At first blush it may seem lazy — both artists come to us from Japan, see — but it isn’t for lack of imagination. Actually it’s on account of imagination, on both artists’ part, for the way they deal with and digest… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 21, 2008 - 2:39 pm