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SHINTARO SAKAMOTO, How to Live with a Phantom (Other Music Recording Co)
“Following the demise of his powerhouse Tokyo psych-rock combo Yura Yura Teikoku (a band who had worked their way up from underground cult status to chart-topping festival headliners in Japan) comes the solo debut from Shintaro Sakamoto, released on Other Music’s new record imprint.
“On How to Live with a Phantom, Sakamoto channels an era and sound from 1970s Japan that’s often referred to as ‘city pop’—a sophisticated, cosmopolitan blend that fuses loping, stoned grooves straight out of a Meters or Little Feat album with a hint of country soul, glazed with a hearty helping of sun-soaked breeze that nods to everything from Van Dyke Parks and Buffalo Springfield to Ned Doheny and Steely Dan.
“As sunny and groovy as the album sounds in vibe, the song topics are a whole other ballgame, with Sakamoto’s dark-hued lyrics (full English translation included) dealing with death and despair, but more so in learning how to reconcile those emotions and struggles. It is, quite simply, a hugely impressive debut outing for Sakamoto as a solo artist, and one which proves his skills as a songwriter, arranger, and producer.”
—Mikey IQ Jones for Other Music
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