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toe is a Japanese music group. While long revered in post-rock circles, their song structures and dynamics have taken on elements from all styles of music, ranging from math-rock, jazz, pop, and R&B.

toe is composed of Kashikura Takashi on drums, Mino Takaaki on guitar, Yamane Satoshi on bass guitar, and Yamazaki Hirokazu on guitar. The band has formally played with this lineup since their inception in 2000.

The vast majority of the music is instrumental and features the swift, agile drumming of Takashi. The band is also known for melodic, clean guitar, often employing the juxtaposition of electric and acoustic. While the compositions feature the repetition of typical rock motifs, the subtle changes in beat and rhythm form a unique rhythmic dialect. The band has consistently expanded their sound throughout their musical tenure by incorporating singing, rhodes piano, mallet percussion, and electronic production elements.

toe tours regularly in Japan, and they can most notably be compared to acts such as Pele and The Album Leaf. Their newest record, Our Latest Number, was released in 2018 on Topshelf Records.

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Members:

Kashikura Takashi
Mino Takaaki
Satoshi Yamane
Yamazaki Hirokazu

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Press:

"clear channel guitar (Mino Takaaki and Yamazaki Hirokazu) that is as fluid and beautiful as running water yet as precise as machinery, bass (Yamane Satoshi) that runs deep and strong like veins beneath the skin of the songs, and wildly brilliant percussion (Kashikura Takashi) which goes back and forth between busy and intricate to mellow and minimal."
-AXS Entertainment

"The thing that's always set toe apart from its technically minded peers is its ability to tell short, concise stories — ecstatic, noodly, complex pop songs that unfold in less than five minutes."
-npr music

"...a huge body of work full of complex melodies and thoughtful songwriting, it has more than enough for older fans to get their teeth into, yet is also accessible enough for those just beginning to dip their “toe” into the huge lake that is post-rock and the associated genres"
-Already Heard

"Toe continues pushing the already nebulous boundaries of post-rock with apparent ease."
-A.V. Club

"Progressively intricate and aggressively delicate; Toe provides listeners with twisted instrumentals fantastic for an in-depth listen, or stimulating background noise."
-Suriving the Golden Age

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    toe - Our Latest Number
    toe
    Our Latest Number
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    toe - Our Latest Number bundle
    toe
    Our Latest Number bundle
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    toe - Hear You
    toe
    Hear You
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    toe - Songs, Ideas We Forgot
    toe
    Songs, Ideas We Forgot
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    toe - The Future Is Now
    toe
    The Future Is Now
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    toe - the book about my idle plot on a vague anxiety
    toe
    the book about my idle plot on a vague anxiety
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    toe - For Long Tomorrow
    toe
    For Long Tomorrow