Around the age of eighteen, Shugo Tokumaru was studying in the US where he discovered artists like John Fahey, Tortoise, Jim O’rourke, The Sea and Cake, as well as jazz. Initially, he tried to copy them, but eventually found his own sound based on the discovery that you can combine ordinary melody with strange arrangements.
In 2004, groups like nhhmbase, OORUTAICHI, mothercoat, OGRE YOU ASSHOLE, group_inou showed up – as did Shugo Tokumaru. Together, they started a new era of Japanese indie scene. Representing a whole variety of styles we could collectively call alternative pop, they have had an immense impact on later generations of independent musicians.
Shugo Tokumaru could have been the most influential among them. He’s been inspiration for artists like Ohshu (王舟), oono yuuki, Shuta Hasunuma Philharmonic Orchestra, Mori wa Ikiteiru and many more. Apart from own project, Shugo joins gellers and YankaNoi as a guitar player. Japanese invasion is going on by music and not by weapon.
♪♫ Listen: “Parachute“