Various Artists

Pop Jingu, Vol. 1

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California's Sonorama Records, along with Clover Records out of Japan, released the first volume of the Pop Jingu (translated to "Pop Shrine") compilations in 1997. The compilation was America's introduction to many Japanese indie pop bands. The collection begins with the band Drum Solo, complete with frantic Moogs, unwavering guitars, and sweet, lush vocals. Peatmos checks in with the song "D'yer Wanna Dance With Kids," a lovely and wondrous twee pop song. The pensive "My Execution" by Smiley includes plain yet sincere vocals, as Lucy Van Pelt offers up "Sunny," a gentle and summery track. Red Go Cart contributes one of the most startling and fast-paced songs on the disc, while Kactus checks in with the subdued and relaxed "Far." The precious vocals of Plain Cream Puff Spray blend well with the atmospheric and exuberant sounds of Color Filter. The charming 800 Cherries offers two songs, the enchanting "Boo the Blackberry" and the bright "Tibie and Me (Puppy Song)." The second volume of the Pop Jingu series was released in late 2000 on Clover Records.