Brought to you by The Corner and NZ On Air, Awesome Feeling 8 is an online event running through NZ Music Month 2014, culminating in the release of a free downloadable compilation of 12 New Zealand songs and the words written about them. Every couple of days, we’ll be posting streaming+downloadable tracks from emerging local artists, accompanied by artist and track profiles authored by Corner contributors.
Marina Sakimoto is originally from L.A., where she played with indie band The Dining dead, and is now based in Invercargill where she records under the name Shunkan, and the sounds we hear are all played, recorded and produced by her alone.
Shunkan explained that the name of her solo project is taken from a Japanese word meaning ‘in the moment’, which is something that she wants to try to be more of. Let’s hope she does learn to achieve this, as the moments happening right now are all pretty exciting. Recently featured in NME, releasing her debut EP (Honey, Milk and Blood) through UK label Art Is Hard and working on her first full-length; life is looking good for the 20-year-old who has confounded expectations by finding more success in New Zealand’s deep cold south then the sunny streets of L.A.
Shunkan thinks the act of making music alone has freed her from having to live up to anybody’s expectations, imagined or otherwise, and allows her to just be herself. So far I have seen her likened to Karen O, Waxahatchee, Hop Along, My Bloody Valentine and Tegan And Sara. It’s understandable that a new artist inspires people to search for comparisons, but that wildly disparate list just proves how nonsensical these particular connections are. Just listen to ‘Wash You Away’ for what it is, a lo-fi, fuzzy pop gem. It’s catchy to the point of being earworm-y, with a propulsive barrage of distorted instruments driving the song until it suddenly switches gear in the last third for a melancholic finale.
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