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City Pop: Why Does the Soundtrack to Tokyo’s Tech Boom Still Resonate? — Rolling Stone

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A new comp explores the opulent, gently surreal genre that once flooded Japan — and sheds light on modern pop tailor-made for the streaming age

— by Jon Blistein: Andy Cabic was exploring the stacks in a Tower Records in Japan when he had an epiphany. The musician, who fronts the folk-rock band Vetiver, was on tour with Devendra Banhart in the mid-2000s when he walked into the store and found displays highlighting Japanese artists from the Seventies and Eighties, like Tatsuro Yamashita, Sugar Babe and Happy End. He spent the next few hours tucked in a listening booth, devouring this music that was at once totally new, yet somehow familiar. It sounded like American soft rock, AOR, West Coast pop and boogie from the same era, but there was something uncanny about it…

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May 2, 2019 — 11:50 ET

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