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How to Live With a Phantom


Download links and information about How to Live With a Phantom by Shintaro Sakamoto. This album was released in 2012 and it belongs to Rock, Alternative genres. It contains 10 tracks with total duration of 47:26 minutes.

Artist: Shintaro Sakamoto
Release date: 2012
Genre: Rock, Alternative
Tracks: 10
Duration: 47:26
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No. Title Length
1. In a Phantom Mood 4:04
2. You Just Decided 5:06
3. My Memories Fade 4:22
4. Mask On Mask 5:53
5. A Stick and Slacks 6:05
6. A Gleam of Hope 3:26
7. Dancing With Pain 4:03
8. Something's Different 2:56
9. How to Live With a Phantom 5:35
10. Small But Enough 5:56



Shintaro Sakamoto was a leading force in Japan’s Yura Yura Teikoku, a band that delighted in exploring the wandering, loose styles of vintage American rock. From psych-pop to stoner rock, YYT clearly studied the sounds of the ‘60s and, more so, the ‘70s. On this solo outing by Sakamoto, the guitarist/vocalist/composer jumps wholly (and without irony) into ‘70s AM radio, with songs recalling artists like War, Todd Rundgren, and Bread. “In a Phantom Mood” is breezy and catchy (it’s saying something that even with Japanese lyrics, many of these songs stay with non-Japanese speakers), and the flighty guitars and sunny female backup vocals carry a Tropicalia flavor. The easy, flowing funk on songs like “You Just Decided” and “Mask on Mask” features congas and guitar effects not heard since 1974, while “A Stick and Stones” slows down the show to a minimal, sensuous beat woven with not much more than a spare bass line, a cymbal, and restrained keyboard tones, yet it feels quite substantial. If these soulful, laidback grooves had been made by a Brooklyn band, they’d be on the year-end favorites lists of bloggers everywhere. Go ahead, be brave.