The best Japanese indie albums of 2015

| Dec 27, 2015

The best Japanese indie albums of 2015

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While it remains this column’s firm conviction that J-pop is trapped in a self-perpetuating dark age, the indie and underground music scenes provide a far livelier picture of Japan’s musical landscape. In 2015, there was such a flow of fascinating new releases arriving from ...

City pop revival is literally a trend in name only

Jul 5, 2015

City pop revival is literally a trend in name only

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City pop is the latest trend to hit Japan’s indie-music scene. Well, not the musical style, just the words. The term was originally used to describe an offshoot of the emerging Western-influenced “new music” of the 1970s and ’80s. “City pop” referred to the ...