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ARTIST
TITLE
Shojo Toshi+
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
EMEGO 047CD EMEGO 047CD
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RELEASE DATE
7/17/2006

2006 reissued/remastered version of this 2001 international debut album, with new artwork and bonus tracks. This was Tujiko Noriko's first international release (after the limited Japan-only release Make Up and Soldier). The initial response was one of surprise that such a record could be released on Mego (at the time the label was pigeonholed as a label dealing exclusively in "laptop music," whatever that is). Despite this, the overall reaction was very positive, although Brainwashed decided to declare the whole thing "Bullshit bullshit BULLSHIT!!!" and that Noriko didn't actually exist. Well, sorry to break the news, but she does, and she has since made albums for Mego, Tomlab and Room40 as well as collaborations with Aoki Tokomasa, Port Radium and Lionel Fernandez, plus performing her brilliant songs for French theatre group DACM and making a film (Sand and Mini Hawaii). Shojo Toshi+ contains some of Tujiko Noriko's most accomplished songs such as "White Film," "Machi No Kakera" and "Differencia." These are beautifully abstracted pop songs and arrangements intertwined with shards and splinters of alienated sound, all building up to that voice. In places pure melancholy reigns, in others blistering beats come charging through the speakers. This reissued edition is skillfully remastered by Marcus Schmickler (Pluramon). It contains, as a bonus, the tracks previously released on the long out-of-print I Forgot The Title 12" vinyl, and has new artwork.