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28/11/2022 2022-11-28 03:26:00 JaME Author: Jasy

New Album from The Shamisenists

Alternative shamisen rock band The Shamisenists' new album "PLAY!" is out on digital platforms worldwide now, with a CD release to follow in mid-December.

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Alternative shamisen rock band The Shamisenists released their new album PLAY! in digital format on November 22nd. The physical version will follow in mid-December.

PLAY! features 13 tracks in total, including new arrangements of their single SAKURA, its coupling track Walking On The Moon and some other previously-released songs like HARE, SST (Shibuya Scramble Terminator) and Battler's High, as well as brand new songs. Furthermore, the bonus 13th song is an alternate mix version of HARE.

The album was produced by tatsu, bassist of LÄ-PPISCH. Musician, arranger and composer Endo Naoki was the recording engineer. PLAY! also features Kimura Satoshi on keyboards. Kimura has served as a support member since their single SAKURA, which was released this March.

Lead shamisen player and band leader JACK commented:

"Many of the songs were created with the energetic soundscape of the period around 1990 in mind, when rock and street culture were mixed together."

The band launched a special site for PLAY!, which can be accessed here. The album is available for download and streaming on various platforms here.

The Shamisenists will hold a release event for the album at MoonRomantic in Tokyo on February 3rd, 2023.

A trailer for PLAY! and a special video for Holiday feat. Irochi from MINYO CRUSADERS can be viewed below.

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