Introducing: Sharumaiken Akane – ACRYL MAP + 3 Qs

I am thrilled to share with you an exciting new release from Japan that I recently discovered. Having already uncovered the impressive Yasu Cub, I am excited to bring another incredible Japanese band to your attention. For the past year, I have been on a mission to discover more indie bands from Japan, and I am delighted to say that my quest has been fruitful.

Sharumaiken Akane is a three-piece band that creates a unique blend of emo, math rock, dream pop, and shoegaze music. Their latest album showcases their exceptional skill and artistry, featuring an energetic sound palette with a variety of songs, each with its own style and offering something different. All songs are sung in Japanese, which adds to their charm even though I don’t understand the lyrics.

If you’re searching for music that will surprise you and captivate you from beginning to end, then look no further. This album is undoubtedly one of the best I’ve heard this year and deserves your attention.

I reached out to the band and asked our 3 Qs:

What inspired you to start making music and what keeps you making music?

We formed a band with classmates from middle school, whose paths home coincided. Music brought us together as a band, and because of that, I continue to cherish music to this day.

What was the most challenging thing in your music (artistic) path?

It was securing the time to bring my ideas to life and raising funds that proved to be the most challenging.

What would you dream to do if anything was possible?

We’ve experienced many instances where our songs, sung in Japanese, weren’t understood simply because of the language barrier. I hope that someday, Japanese music will be appreciated not for its language, but as a universal sound.

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