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Fujiya and Miyagi

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 Fujiya and Miyagi

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Walter Meego

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 Walter Meego

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Walter Meego

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Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons

Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons have a sound that burgeoned from rural roots making their music seemingly more real, more natural and more authentic. The music is sensible yet haunting, mirroring Tom Petty-inspired vocals with various prospects for personal reflection. Echoing humble sentiments, the band performed last night with soothingly rendered insight wrought with the underpinnings of existential elegance.

On stage Chisel and his band appear as unpretentious as their music, merely present to deliver hymnals of emotion as they stood in front of a rural backdrop that was crafted with the same emotion as their impressive lyrics. Poetic in his approach, Chisel offers songs that are suiting to an open road and a strong cigarette.

Their appropriately titled EP Cabin Ghosts brazenly tackles the fusion of rock, ancient spirituals, hymnals and blues. With a vernacular of loneliness and redemption, Chisel offers his listeners to take a journey with him, wherever that may lead. And based on the large applause, no one in the audience would object.

Shugo Tokumaru

As soon as Tokyo-based Tokumaru began playing, I immediately felt as if I was in a music box, as whimsical, carnival-esque music encompassed the room spinning the audience into a childhood reverie. Though delicate, Tokumaru’s sound builds into polished sonic movements that sound as though the wind is pushing them forward.

His music is eclectic but not ineffable. He allegedly plays over 100 instruments which lend to his psychedelic sounds with an engagingly bewildered harmony. Despite the cacophony of sound, Tokumaru produces reverberating jingles that are soothing and understated while simultaneously evoking lighthearted memories.

He impels his listener to place themselves fluttering around in the spring as breezy pop melodies play in the background. His newest and first proper American release – Exit – illuminates the focused, layered and revitalized sound that Tokumaru so easily captures. –Eliza K. Johnston

 
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