Shoko Igarashi
Simple Sentences
[Tigersushi Records]

The Parisian creative collective Tigersushi, remaining true to its very own inclination to proposing peculiar sounds, is about to release another uncommon sonic product: Shoko Igarashi’s LP named Simple Sentences.

The record -out the 13th of May- aims to be a detailed and powerful portrait of the producer’s traveling soul, in fact, the Japanese born artist who grew up in rural Japan, is not new to changing her perspectives and moving around to new places. Indeed, she perfectly succeeds in blending together some -apparently- contrasting sonic influences such as her background as a child (being a passionate anime fan), her evolution to a saxophone student/player at Berklee and her more recent contact with the European electronic music scene. Well, in my opinion Simple Sentences is a remarkable musical experiment which accomplishes the appointed goal of putting together the above mentioned elements, in such a personal and magnetic way, as only a mature and expressive artist can do. She genuinely displays both her talent as a music producer and her capability of telling her story which strongly comes to the surface, embellished with such a vast array of details and creative suggestions. The LP is a smooth, yet intriguing listening since the kick-off, with the electric energy of Sand Dungeon and the meeker, quieter yet firm feel of Comfy Place where Shoko’s voice emerges for the first time, then a more intimate soul comes up towards the centre of the record with the confidential (and emotional) coziness of Lovely Song, my favorite track of the album. She then introduces the listener to her sax expertise with CASH OK (now let me show off my -ever asleep- professional Music critic side by saying that CASH OK is probably the more consistent track amongst the ten) but don’t worry Shoko, I’m not necessarily a fan of ‘consistent’ tracks’, that’s why I also dig the remaining nine. Pointing to the last third, the eerie, darker intensity of AppleBanana leads the listener towards the end of the album where the fresher vitality of Happy Child and the closing Tsuki No Yama (an incredibly elegant Japanese sonic embroidery) ends the listening. All-in-all a great work, archetypical of a conscious artists who perfectly knows how to follow her inner acoustic spirit guide. And shouts to Tigersushi for being in charge of the whole project but most importantly to the artist Shoko Igarashi and her Simple Sentences for proposing her truly personal > therefore honest > therefore authentic > therefore beautiful work and a must listen for me.