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Oniki, Yuji – “Shonen Blue” – [Big Art Records]

Morada   9/24/2015   12-inch, A Library

Oniki, Yuji review
Shonen Blue (LP 33)
First gen Japanese American living in Oakland Yuji Oniki released Shonen blue in 1988. From what I can tell it’s his first LP. It’s slightly haunting, folksy, indie rock. There are beautifully sung, clear lyrics in English on every track. One reviewer likened him to Michael Stipe of REM. Includes electric/acoustic guitars, bass, drums, viola, percussion and tabla but somehow sounds like there’s mandolin or sitar involved. Mellow but not boring. Rock but never rocks. Came brand new with lots of vinyl crackles.
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Michael says

I know I'm probably late to the party since Yuji has been releasing music for decades now and I'm just learning of him, but thanks so much for this! Review is spot on, and I love the Stipe comparison. So glad to have some great new music to get through the day. Keep up the good work!

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