Thursday, November 4, 2010

Soul Flower Union - Traditional Instruments, Contemporary Pop

One thing I've been paying attention to lately is the apparent rise in interest in Japanese traditional musical culture among young alterna-punks.  This takes a lot of forms, including the institutionalized re-emergence of Japanese classical music as part of the curriculum at schools like Geidai, and also grass-roots stuff like pop bands integrating older instruments into traditional pop songs.  For instance, here's the band Soul Flower Union:

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