If you've been hanging around these pages, you'll know I'm a fan of New Zealand artist Shunkan. Shunkan is Los Angeles native Marina Sakimoto who relocated to New Zealand in February 2014. She captured my ear last year with her lo-fi shoegazy bedroom pop EP Honey, Milk and Blood on Art is Hard Records, and hasn't given it back. At the end of 2014, I compiled a list of 10 artists/bands I was excited for in 2015, and Shunkan made the list. Now, with a full band, Shunkan is back with new music to share, and it's first spin fantastic.
A few weeks back, the band wrapped up their debut LP, The Pink Noise, and now they're sharing the first single, 'Our Names'. For this release, Shunkan teamed with Art is Hard Records who commissioned a comic based on 'Our Names' from Hats & Milk. It's limited to 100 copies and comes in at the low price of £3.75 or about $5.50 for us in the States (around $12 with shipping). As well as the comic and 'Our Names', the package includes two demo tracks from the upcoming debut LP.
I really love the full band sound on this new track, it's a hard driving blast of melodic fun, and makes me excited for the album. Join me in streaming 'Our Names', it's my Song of the Day!