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Curly Giraffe

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Gentle, mellow, calm, peaceful… a few words would come up to describe… but… A quiet joy of life…that might be one of the better expressions when you want to talk about the music of Curly Giraffe. Curly Giraffe is a one-man band by a human being, Kiyoshi Takakuwa. Originally a graphic designer based in Tokyo, Kiyoshi started his professional musical career as a bassist of Rotten Hats (a 6-piece rock/pop band from late 80’s to early 90’s), then a connoisseurs’ favorite trio band GREAT 3, derived from Rotten Hats after its breakup, both bands had enjoyed cultic and solid fanbase in the Japanese rock market of the time. After the issue of Best & Live Best album in 2004, Great 3 decided to be separated and step off from the scene for a while. Then Kiyoshi started reviewing demos of his own music he had recorded by himself at his home, stored in the vault for the past couple of years and determined to launch into his own project at last. That was how Curly Giraffe arrived. First appearance was a limited EP exclusively available at Tower Records in 2005. It quickly went sold out. Next spring he delivered the first longplay album, which amazed people by selling over 2,000 units only at Tower’s store in Shibuya. The album also stayed on top 10 of iTMS Japan’s rock chart over a year. The quiet sensation continued with the 2nd album “Ta-dah” issued in 2007 and the first Best-Of on major distribution (avex) the following year. In spite of constant release and high accolades to his music, the true portrait of the aritst was not much spoken.

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