In Scene Report, musicians from all over the globe fill us in on what’s going on sonically in their hometowns. This week, Celer gives the scoop on Tokyo, Japan. Celer’s latest album, Without Retrospect, The Morning, is out now.


Tokyo has an ever-changing evolution. Not only the music and artists change, but the entire method continually shifts. It’s easy to get stuck in your own scene and then think that nothing is happening outside of it, but visiting some new venues or realizing that none of the artists on the bills are familiar shows its speed. Yet, it’s common to see veteran musicians performing in totally different styles under new names, with a drum machine when they usually play guitar, or a punk vocalist turning to kosmische synth wave. Whenever trends seem to become noticeable, they seem to fade out just as quickly and turn into something new. I can’t ever follow it. You just have to see what you can and go with it.

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