Shugo Tokumaru


Shugo Tokumaru – “Hikageno”

Japanese multi-instrumentalist Shugo Tokumaru went into the studio to record his forthcoming album TOSS with no songs written. Tokumaru is known for his avant-garde approach…
Kim Ilkowski | April 5, 2017 - 10:01 am

Shugo Tokumaru – “Lita – Ruta”

Shugo Tokumaru's newest, "Lita - Ruta," is a concoction of layered percussion and rapturous momentum. The song's colorful tilt-a-whirl includes a dizzying amount of instrument…
Margaret Farrell | February 22, 2017 - 12:56 pm

Shugo Tokumaru – “Lift” Video

Avant-pop experimentalist Shugo Tokumaru released his most recent full-length, In Focus?, back in 2012, and tomorrow he'll have a new LP out in Japan titled…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | October 18, 2016 - 10:58 am

Shugo Tokumaru – “Vektor” (Feat. Maywa Denki) Video

Japanese avant-popper Shugo Tokumaru hasn't released any new music since 2012's In Focus? full-length, but he's putting out two new songs later this month as…
James Rettig | April 13, 2016 - 11:43 am

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…
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…
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…
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
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
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…
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…
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…
Brandon Stosuy | 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…
Amrit Singh | August 21, 2008 - 2:39 pm