Shugo Tokumaru is a makes some of my favorite indie pop. Admittedly, it is sung in Japanese, a language I've no inkling with. Nonetheless, what really makes his sound stand out for me is the quirkiness he employs in each song's composition. Likewise it makes him a bit hard to describe other than vague terms like 'lighthearted' or 'cheerful.' Port Entropy came out last year, this year in the United States technically, but it took me some time to get over the previous album, Exit, to find my constantly fluxing taste to settle on sweet pop music again. It is exactly that too, sweet without being cloying, and this is done by mixing in many elements to keep the sounding fresh. Like a twee-struck version of Cornelius, Shugo Tokumaru uses diverse instrumentation and hints from various genres to craft his happy tunes. So if you want something practically exploding with joyfulness this is what you should get.
To be had here:
Shugo Tokumaru - Port Entropy [256 VBR kbps]