Artist: Fumihito Sugawara

Album: 35MM

Release Date: 2014-02-03

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about the album

Imagine yourself as a top-tier international double agent,
making your entrance to a billionaires' yacht party off the coast
of the Mediterranean by parachuting in from a remote
controlled helicopter. With a tranquilizer rie in your left hand
and a dry martini in your right, you take out security as you land
on the upper deck, all without spilling a single drop. This album
would be your soundtrack.

35mm is a band that is reconstructing the 50-60's lounge music
genre with a sultry and polished style, inuenced by bossa nova,
tango, jazz, surf music, space-age pop, and spy-movie
soundtracks. They have taken their love for such composers as
Dick Hyman, Henry Mancini and Juan Garcia Esquivel, and
produced an original album worthy of any Aston-Martin 'convertible'
(between road racer and submarine, of course) sound system.

Fumihito and Claude Nine are building a live scene in Austin Texas
around the music of 35mm, and the response has been strong. as an
album that ts no particular genre, the title is a perfect addition to the
already eclectic Ropeadope catalog. As Fumihito Sugawara's fourth
release on Ropeadope, 35mm continues the story of his restless
musical journey. Retro lounge style on top of modern beats, a touch of
surf guitar, and some latin rhythm round out this relentlessly cool record.

about the artist

Some artists exceed the confining industry-boxes of genres, and blaze roads seldom traveled by their contemporaries. In a land of box-dwellers and one-trick ponies comes Fumihito Sugawara, or simply Fumi-hito for short. The Hiroshima-raised Fumi-hito narrates the listener's musical adventure, not with words, but through the use of sound. His sounds are his symbols as he states, "I feel a visual narrative through notes." And it's only fitting for a cat whose name literally translates to "man of literature!".

Fumihito has released four albums on Ropeadope - each one a complete departure in style but with his signature style present. Heavily influenced by hip-hop, jazz, brazilia, soul, and Japanese-folk music, Fumi released his debut in 2010. 'This Goes' showcased a style that can be seen as the outcome of a hypothetical meeting between the likes of Lalo Schifrin, DJ Logic, and Yellow Magic Orchestra. The Austin Texas (by way of Hiroshima) native states, “I feel a visual narrative through notes'. His followup release, 'Lo 21', dropped in 2012 as a self described Lo 2 1 project of imagination - a soundtrack for a movie that exists solely in my head about a single, middle-aged salaryman.
Fast forward to 2013, and Fumihito reappears with Ropeadope alum Simon Sixsmith of Black Gold 360. Apparently the two met via email and decided to collab on a project digitally. the result, '20 Country Love Songs', is a stylish, unpredictable, atmospheric and curiously jazzy record that defies categorization.

And now the musically restless Fumhito is at it again, quickly dropping his latest project, 35mm with friend and man of mystery Claude McCan aka Claude Nine. What we don't know about Claude Nine surpasses what we do know.
There are hints, but no conclusive evidence of the man's past. What we do know is that he looks extraordinarily dashing in a white suit, and most likely drives an Aston Martin. the result of their collaboration - a band that is reconstructing lounge music with a sultry and polished style, influenced by bossa nova, tango, jazz, surf music, space-age pop, and spy-movie soundtracks.The buzz around Austin is growing quickly around these retrofuturistic cats.