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Kenji Kariu - Sekai LP

Kenji Kariu - Sekai LP

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While unaware of Kenji Kariu before hearing this record I've become a disciple of all things Bruit Direct Disques. The Paris provides a home for contemporary songcraft, stimulating soundwerks and on this occasion, delightful outsider-pop. 

Kenji Kariu has a distantly new take on fragile-but-friendly Japanese guitar pop with rickety rhythm box and op-shop Casio keyboard embellishments. Sekai may well be the only album with both City Pop and Sound Collage in the 'Style' section of its discogs entry. 

Sekai could be seen as a contemporary expansion on the recent 'Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds Of Japan 1980-1988' compilation, but also sits somewhere near the realms of Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Yuzo Iwata's Daylight Moon and Love Chants. Extremely intimate and nice!
 - Nic