New Japanese Vibes (120) – ハンバートハンバート Humbert Humbert がんばれ兄ちゃん ‘Ganbare Niichan’

Fresh from my recent travels to Prague (and the lack of decent wifi…), I stumbled across a charming number by ハンバートハンバート Humbert Humbert before boarding my flight back. がんばれ兄ちゃん ‘Ganbare Niichan’ (‘Come on Brother’) serenades the ears with its vivid folk and country colours, namely the twanging riffs, gently pulsating rhythms, and the duo’s caramel vocals and honey-toned harmonies.

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  • Humbert Humbert’s new album Kazoku Koushinkyoku will be released on July 5th.

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New Japanese Vibes (118) – 花男 Hanao ど田舎行進曲 ‘Doinaka Koushinkyoku’

Featuring on his new album 暮らし Kurashi, ど田舎行進曲 ‘Doinaka Koushinkyoku’ (‘Countryside March’) by 花男 Hanao is an unapologetic throwback country tune. Rewinding decades back and flying off to the Southern states of America with is country harmonica riffs, chugging guitar chords and husky and resonant vocals, one can picture a nostalgic camp side fire backdrop with the Hokkaido-based singer-songwriter warming up the ears and surrounding air with no-nonsense vibes.

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  • Hanao’s new album Kurashi was released on May 24th.

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New Japanese Vibes (61) – Ivory Past ‘Searching For Your Love’

The evocative sound world of country folk persuades listeners to groove along in Ivory Past’s new track ‘Searching For Your Love’. Born from a solo project by Oka Hitoshi (a member of Japanese indie-pop band sloppy joe), the track gallops away with vintage-laden guitars, twanging riffs and hotfooting drums while Oka’s yearning vocals resonate an expressive tone and enriches the nostalgic American country vibe.

Other Info/Context

  • Searching For Your Love’ was released on cassette tape limited edition on May 21st.

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New Japanese Vibes (27) – 王舟 Oh Shu あいがあって ‘Ai ga atte’

The classic country folk façade of あいがあって ‘Ai ga atte’ is just one of many styles that 王舟 Oh Shu embraces on his new album Picture. This track has a simple and pleasant communal ambience, a quality that is brought into play in this live version with Oh Shu on his mahogany-tinged acoustic guitar cocooned in mellow sounds of the vintage organ and synths, American country-coloured electric guitar, sedate piano phrases and soft percussion textures.

Other Info/Context

  • Oh Shu’s new album Picture will be released on January 20th.
  • Oh Shu is originally from Shanghai, China but has been brought up in Japan and built an active career in Tokyo.

© Isaku Takahashi