Also known as
Rock, Electronics, Experimental
Singer, songwriter, musician
Bass guitar, Guitar, keyboard instruments
Touch & Go, Spectrum Spools
The Van Pelt, The Lapse, Blonde Redhead, Enon, Azealia Banks, St. Vincent, Plvs Vltra
Toko Yasuda is a Japanese singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and bassist.
Life and career [ edit ]
Yasuda grew up in the cities of
Fujisawa and Kamakura. Her father was once a doshu of Aikido. She moved to [1 ] New York in 1992, and lived there until 2006. [2 ]
Yasuda has played in the bands
The Lapse and The Van Pelt before their disbandment, and had a brief stint in Blonde Redhead, although she doesn't appear on any Blonde Redhead recordings. After that Toko appeared in the band Enon. She played the moog synthesizer and guitar for St. Vincent during the Strange Mercy tour from 2011 to 2012. [3 ]
Soft-spoken Yasuda is known for her smooth sounding voice, simple yet catchy songwriting, and heavy use of
synthesizer in song composition, giving the songs an electropop-like quality.
Yasuda currently resides in
Los Angeles and formerly she shortly lived in Philadelphia, after being priced out of both Manhattan, and Brooklyn. profiled Enon's move to Philadelphia as indication of a greater phenomenon of transplanted New Yorkers to the "sixth borough". The New York Times [4 ]
In 2012, Yasuda released the album
Parthenon under the pseudonym "Plvs Vltra". Parthenon is Yasuda's first solo album, featuring collaborations with Danny Ray Thompson of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Scott Allen of Thunderbirds Are Now and John Schmersal, also of Enon, who produced the album.
Currently, Yasuda is touring with
St. Vincent on the Digital Witness Tour as keyboardist, guitarist, and backup vocalist.
Discography [ edit ]
Yo-Yo Blue (2013)
Rooftop Arcade/Mesopotamia (2013)
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