I like to throw in one or two less conventional releases when I do these roundups and JYOCHO definitely fit the bill in that regard. The Kyoto based band bill themselves as “Progressive Pop” and yeah, I can get behind that sort of description for what their first full album “Utsukushii Shumatsu Saikuru” is bringing to the table. In layman’s terms, JYOCHO pull from a wide variety of influences, from Shoegaze to Country and occasionally wrap it all up in some syncopated rhythms and odd time signatures. I’m making their music sound a lot more pretentious that it is in reality, because the reality is this album is very creative and so easy to listen to. Ease yourself in with track like “Aporia” or “family” and then explore what else this album has to offer.