Shintaro Sakamoto Returns with Sophomore Solo LP, Shares Mayer Hawthorne Split

Shintaro Sakamoto Returns with Sophomore Solo LP, Shares Mayer Hawthorne Split
Following years of fronting the late, great Yura Yura Teikoku, Japanese psych-pop maestro Shintaro Sakamoto emerged with one hell of a solo debut by way of 2011's How to Live with a Phantom. Now, with a bit of TV scoring under his belt, Sakamoto is set to return with his second proper solo album.

Sakamoto recently revealed the news via the website of his Zelone Records imprint, who will be releasing the record in Japan on May 28. However, that's all we really have to go on at this point, with the post simply reading, "Sakamoto's new album has completed and will be available in store May 28," adding that more details are coming soon.

It's also unclear at this point when and if the album will get a North American release, though that seems likely considering Other Music released How to Live with a Phantom here domestically in 2012.

And while we have little to go on in regards to the new solo album, Sakamoto is getting in on Record Store Day (April 19) via a new split 7-inch with Mayer Hawthorne. For the single, Sakamoto takes on Hawthorne's "Wine Glass Woman" while the soul singer returns the favour by covering the How to Live with a Phantom track "In a Phantom Mood."

While Record Store Day is still a ways off, you can stream both covers below.