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Simple Sentences

by Shoko Igarashi

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  • Simple Sentences Limited Edition Vinyl LP
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    Very first vinyl ever of our new Tigersushi wunderkind Shoko Igarashi !! Only 300 copies available worlwide and 100 here on bandcamp..... Don't sleep.

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Sand Dungeon 04:16
Anime Song 04:10
Comfy Place 03:44
Shokoism 03:29 video
Lovely Song 02:00
CASH OK 03:26 video
AppleBanana 03:48
Happy Child 04:55


Simple Sentences is a record that, not unlike a piece of luggage checking in from city to city, has managed to absorb vital influences from each place it has landed. Shoko grew up in rural Japan, she studied in the US and is currently living in the most quintessential European city, Brussels. Shining in its diversity 'Simple Sentences' carries elements from each one of those stops in her life. Her native Japan and her love for anime that she watched as a kid, the rigorousness of her Boston Berklee jazz education (Shoko is a saxophonist), European bleep techno and Warp, and even euro disco psych kitsch, since Shoko names Dan Lacksman (Telex) as one of her heroes.

The influences from Far East are more than evident and funnily enough, even unconscious, which makes them integrate in a beguiling childish and naive way that adds even more to the originality of the sound. Take for example the title track ‘’AppleBanana’’ - Echoes of Chiemi Manabe, Hosono and even overtones of Akiko Yano are all seamlessly there. 'Sand Dungeon' is a little gem reminiscent of Yellow Magic Orchestra at the heights of their powers and the aptly titled 'Anime Song' could be an unreleased track from Testpattern’s infamous and sought after LP. 'Lovely Song' in its electronic pastoral vibe could have been produced by Seigen Ono, but is entirely the work of Shoko's expansive creative world. 'Cash OK' harks back to New York’s 90’s Jazz Street scene, paying tribute to her Brooklyn live gigs, and album closer 'Tsuki No Yama' goes back to her roots with a meditative folk sound quite different from the rounded pop edges that the rest of her album carries.

'Simple Sentences' is like its title implies : straightforward in its brilliance and simplicity, yet carefully measured with a maturity that almost makes us wonder - how did Shoko manage to absorb all these influences and bring them together into a vibrant sound collage which ultimately is fresh and timeless.


released May 20, 2022

All music and lyrics composed, arranged and produced by Shoko Igarashi

*except “Lovely Song” composed by Casimir Liberski

Mixing and additional production by Dan Lacksman at Synsound, Brussels

Additional mixing and mastering by Remy Lebbos at Rare Sound Studio, Brussels

(p) and (c) Tigersushi 2022


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