Shunkan is a ‘90s-inspired indie rock band formed by Los Angeles native and moody half-Japanese frontwoman Marina Sakimoto. Her music has been compared to the sounds of Liz Phair, Waxahatchee, and Hop Along. Sakimoto grew up in a mixed household of American and Japanese cultures in Southern California. Her heritage, affinity to both cultures, and sense of misplacement led her to work with feelings of isolation and introspection.
Shunkan's first EP Honey, Milk and Blood and debut album The Pink Noise were covered and highly reviewed by significant media publications such as The Guardian, NME, Noisey, Spin, Stereogum, BrooklynVegan, and others alike. In 2019, she has released singles “Little Hell”, “Mornings In The Afterlife”, and “Bloody Winter”. Her sophomore album Cumberland Falls released September 13th, 2019.
SPIN Singles Mix Feature
BrooklynVegan Album Announcement
DIY Mag four-star album review
NZ Musician Magazine Cover
Coffin Case Endorsement
WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID
"Sakimoto’s repetitious promise of better days encapsulate a feeling of breaking free from whatever is holding you back.
It's very '90s, very catchy, and a clear step forward for Shunkan.
Shunkan makes indie pop with sweetness but also with nerve and muscle.
The glowing warmth turned to a white-hot aural heat as Shunkan opened her set...
Shunkan indulged in her cynical view of America with a cover of You’re Standing On My Neck, known to most to be the theme from Daria, a character Sakimoto so graciously embodied in front of us all.
Secret Wine Press
The Grey Esates, 2019