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Boomkat Product Review:
'Port Entropy' is the fourth album from Japanese folk-popper Shugo Tokumaru, and proves (if proof were needed) that he is as close as you can get to a Japanese Sufjan Stevens. The comparison may seem a bit odd, but Tokumaru's brand of well-orchestrated folk-pop is more than worthy of standing up to Stevens' earlier, simpler works. Sure there might not be choirs of two-hundred angels imported straight from heaven, but Tokumaru shows a real vigour in his production and his limitations are key to his success. The choppy electronic production of 'Lahaha' for instance (maybe the album's real 'single' moment) is balanced perfectly against Tokumaru's voice and harmonic orchestral flourishes. It's way too easy for this kind of music to end up sounding twee, and I'm not sure how 'Port Entropy' avoids that pitfall, but somehow Tokumaru manages to emerge unscathed and has created a record of songs that should definitely sell his sound to a wider audience. Lovely stuff.