Shugo Tokumaru — “Port Entropy”

On “Port Entropy,” Tokyo-based singer-songwriter Shugo Tokumaru largely abandons the aesthetic he spent his previous three albums developing, a technically complex and sonically dense arrangement of toys, found percussion and acoustic instruments. He retains that experimental sensibility in certain places here, too, but with a new focus on accessible songwriting (“Rum Hee” and “Laminate” are clear standouts). Many latter-day bedroom musicians seem to want to re-imagine what pop music can sound like, but few succeed to the degree that Tokumaru has here.

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