they provided the soundtrack of the video while very appropriately modeling raf simons’ minimal designs for jil sander.
recently, i’ve started researching this indie gothic post-punk band based in tokyo. spending too much time browsing tumblrs, fb pages and blogs resulted in me developing a mild crush on androgynous sho azakawa and adding plasticzooms on my favourite band list.
they were a total surprise: fast, raw and intoxicating, with lots of european new wave influences. but their style does vary quite a bit across the two well-produced albums: remix-heavy charm (2009) and eclectic starbow (2011). there are heavy guitars but also quieter, melodious tracks as well as samples of dark electronica.
sho seems to be in charge of a large part of the creative load: music, lyrics, visual identity, style, etc. their videos are by long-standing collaborator yu wakatsuki. whatever they’ve been doing is working as their dark bewitching stuff featuring sho’s endearing japanese-accented english is my soundtrack now.
the band has just released this morning a new list with a series of upcoming live gigs and i’m so frustrated: it’s impossible for me to be there…
but i do have some good news: i contacted sho and he agreed to an interview. i’m very excited!
photo and video credits: plasticzooms