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Shugo Tokumaru
Port Entropy - Polyvinyl
FILTER Grade: 79%

By Mike Hilleary on March 25, 2011


Shugo Tokumaru

With the kind of propulsive, sugar rush of chimes, strums, clicks, clacks, and whistles that spill out of his second Stateside release, Japanese songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shugo Tokumaru has a deep propensity for whimsy. Invoking the most sunny-day innocence of ’60s pop with effortless amounts of homeland lyrics and layers, the overwhelming sweetness has the potential to wear thin for the duration of a whole album. Still, it’s hard to be completely turned off from so much unbridled joy.

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