The music I've been listening to for the last couple of months has been labelled. Don't you love labels?
Anyway, it's neo-shibuya-kei
, apparently. So there. Relief all round?
- describes the younger acts who listened to shibuya-kei
as middle-school kids and are now creating new music based on the aesthetic principles of the original recordings. The Pizzicato Five
are the de facto leaders of this movement (although producer/songwriter wunderkind Nakata Yasutaka
claims he's never heard much of Yasuhara Konishi
's work). Other acts include Hazel Nuts Chocolate
, Spaghetti Vabune!
, pictogram color
, Orangenoise Shortcut
, and tetrapletrap
. There are many neo-shibuya-kei indie pop
labels active in Japan at the moment - like abcdefg-record, Sucre, and Softly! - which do a very light, innocent cute pop thing. Marquee is the media guide to the movement, which editor-in-chief MMM calls "Future Pop" to include the parallel…