Special Favorite Music is a 7-piece Japanese indie band that blends elements of folk and bluegrass (and sometimes even soul and R&B) to create upbeat pop. If you’ve got a soft spot for big band sound, Special Favorite Music is a great way to kick off Monday.
Special Favorite Music was formed in 2014 around Yusuke Kume and several other Kansai-based musicians. They’ve got a violin, a trumpet and a saxophone, which adds to their eclectic sound, which actually sounds oddly consistent. They put out 2 Eps before releasing their first full album in 2016 called World’s Magic, which was wonderfully illustrated by Yuki Takahashi.
Unfortunately a lot of their YouTube videos have region restrictions so those overseas may have trouble playing them. So I’ve embedded a few older tracks on Soundcloud below, which should give you a good sense of their music. Interestingly, the one YouTube video I could find that’s playable overseas is an adorable self-titled stop-motion piece created by the band’s leader Yusuke Kume, and sung entirely in English.
Machi Wo Arukeba (2014)
Summer Swerve (2015)
Dribble / Future (2015)