One of the great curiosities of the Japanese music scene is the tendency to eat up the latest indie rock innovations from the U.K. or U.S., leaving home-grown talent unknown and uncelebrated.

Since the early ’80s, Zin Yoshida and Hitomi Takenaka, the duo known as Salon Music, have crafted an idiosyncratic body of work that stands with the best of overseas pop auteurs.

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