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Shintaro Sakamoto : How To Live With A Phantom

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Until recently, Shintaro Sakamoto was the frontman of Tokyo psych-rock trio Yura Yura Teikoku, a group who were – by all accounts –  big in Japan throughout the ’90s and Noughties, but whose success further afield was limited to one of their later albums (2007’s Hollow Me) being given a low-key worldwide release by the good folks at the DFA label. Sakamoto’s first post-split solo album, How To Live With A Phantom, was released late last year in his homeland on his own Zelone Records imprint, and will next month become the first full-length release from the newly-formed Other Music Recording Co., owned and operated by the world-famous New York record store of the same name. Collating a whole world of influences – from American folk-rock and jazz, disco and French pop to tropicalia, African funk and Krautrock – it’s a laid-back, upbeat affair that utilises warm bass grooves and airy melodies, vintage synths, horns and crisp rhythms to deliriously bright and breezy effect, taking in everything from samba to the kind of sax-fuelled AOR pop Dan Bejar explored on the last Destroyer album. This is the kind of music you’d expect to hear in some velvet-lined 1970s gentleman’s lounge, and Sakamoto would be leading the house band in his flared suit, cocktail in hand: suave, stylish, king of all he surveys. Listen to opener “In A Phantom Mood” over at Other Music’s Soundcloud page, and the smooth, funky “You Just Decided” below.


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