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City Pop Weekly newsletter

Contributed by pedro nekoi on Aug 12th, 2020. Artwork published in
circa November 2016
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    City pop is a breezy, mellow mixture of smooth jazz and AOR, often with additional elements of jazz fusion, jazz-funk or boogie. Commonly cited as a facet of the prosperous “bubble economy” era in Japan, city pop is essentially a “mood” or “lifestyle” genre which appealed to an older and more affluent Japanese audience during the 1980s.

    Thematically, city pop reflects a life of luxury in a sophisticated urban environment. Albums in this genre were typically produced by pairing a vocalist with a group of talented session musicians in a high-tech studio setting with heavy record label involvement.

    I discovered this genre a while ago and became obsessed with it. The biggest source of city pop nowadays is YouTube. That’s why I decided to create this newsletter so I could share the gems I found during my search on YouTube.

    While creating the lettering of シティ • ポップ (“city pop”), I took inspiration from the logos and letterings of ’80s Japanese TV shows. They have really bold and unique fonts in Hiragana and Katakana and I wanted to create a mix of all the styles used.

    Assorted covers of city pop albums.
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    Assorted covers of city pop albums.

    TV show logos that provided inspiration.
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    TV show logos that provided inspiration.

    Each glyph in the logo is taken from a different font.
    Photo: pedro nekoi. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Each glyph in the logo is taken from a different font.

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