The Pink Noise

by Shunkan

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Naf I'm broke af, but this album made me smile so often, made me close my eyes and sing along so many times, that i just had to give something back to the artist.
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Vix Like a long-awaited monsoon on a parched and burnt wasteland. Thank you. Favorite track: The Pink Noise.
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Jabod Catchy girl-fronted indie rock/punk-pop that is both energetic and mellow. If you like Eternal Summers or Katie the Pest you should like this.
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Art Fin It's a great feeling to fall so in love with a record that I keep playing it over and over. This solid album on Art Is Hard may be the ideal sound that I have been searching for. It features aggressive, driving guitars and pleasant, dreamy vocals; it's neither lo-fi nor too polished. This is a huge step up from Marina Sakimoto's already good, home-recorded EP. I prefer the powerful full-band sound on this LP. It spans dream pop, power pop and indie rock. It reminds me of Eternal Summers. Favorite track: Peter.
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Jake Howard Every single person I have introduced to Shunkan has fallen in love immediately. A very well produced record! Favorite track: Our Names.
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Tyler Bower Marina's a genius, this album is a masterpiece. Check it out or else you'll regret it. Favorite track: Peter.
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Following on from her double sell out EP 'Honey, Milk and Blood' and the comic book single 'Our Names' we're delighted to be able to finally unveil the debut album from NZ based, but LA born Marina Sakimoto, otherwise known as Shunkan.

Whereas the EP recordings were shrouded in a cloud of lo-fi blissfulness, 'The Pink Noise' sees Marina filling out her sound with a full band. In doing so she has managed to avoid the pitfall of many bedroom-pop-prodigies and has managed to make sure the songs have not lost any of their heart or emotion. Instead it is placed directly in front of you, bared and bruised.

The album was recorded in Lyttleton, Christchurch NZ and Marina says of the record “the inspiration was honesty and clarity, and the struggle of keeping your demons at bay. The lyrics are vulnerable and straight forward with hints of abstract imagery and setting.”

Whether Marina is describing the feeling of big city lonelyness (Peter), learning how to grow up (The Pink Noise) or codependency (Here With Me) there is a consistent feeling of catharsis which runs throughout the album, although the subject matter might be objectively sad, the album certainly doesn' feel that way. We haven't even got onto the music yet, but the songs themselves are some of the most well-written, affecting and memorable we have released in five years of this little label business. There's Weezer'esque choruses, melodies to make Radiator Hospital proud and shoegaze interludes that might even cause Kevin Shields fathom a grin and we can't wait to share the rest of this amazing album with you.


released November 20, 2015

Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Steven John Marr.




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