Shugo Tokumaru “Katachi”

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May 30, 2013


From the same label as artists such as of Montreal and Birthmark, Shogu Tokumaru’s universal sound spans from classical melodies reminiscent of The Beatles to his own take on contemporary Japanese pop music. HIP Video Promo and Polyvinyl Record Co. present the new innovative video “Katachi” by an artist that invites you to join him on this creative whirlwind of a clip.

Although Tokumaru’s vocals are sung in Japanese, this Tokyo native’s music is universal transcending “the lack of lyrical familiarity to Western ears.” Shugo is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who debuted his music in May of 2004 in America with his debut album Night Piece. He creates every sound heard on his records and is responsible for even the minute details of the production including originally written lyrics, musical arrangements, and the recording and mixing phases. It is with his newest release, In Focus?, that Shogu has culminated all of these skills and approaches to make, if we do say so, a near-perfect album.

This Polyvinyl all-star is known for the variety of instruments he uses in his music spanning over one hundred different traditional and non-traditional instruments in his recordings. Shugo Tokumaru’s ability to create sensational music that inspires all even if it cannot be understood in one’s native tongue shows how universally endearing he is as a contemporary musician. In his latest clip “Katachi,” we experience the creative aspects of this artist on the rise and find that we cannot walk away from Shugo’s music without being inspired.

Directed by Katarzyna Kijek and Przemyslaw Adamski, “Katachi” can be described as “a multi-layered stop-motion journey.” Paper cutouts form images of ordinary objects that transform into other images, giving way to Tokumaru’s perception of the world, that every thing is connected. Much like the song itself, the video is universal and speaks to every contemporary music fan. “Katachi” is a modern tune and the catchy melodies and influential sounds of Shugo’s multi-faceted instruments are what make him stand out as this year’s breakthrough artist.

From ordinary objects to paper images, “Katachi” is a creative masterpiece that transcends modern music videos of today. Shugo Tokumaru is one of the most captivating artists to be introduced by Polyvinyl Records known to date, and HIP Video Promo is eager to see what he’ll do next. For more information, please contact Andy Gesner and the HIP Video Promo staff at (732)-613-1779 or email us at . You can also visit or for more info on Shugo Tokumaru.

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