Toko Yasuda is a Japanese singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and bassist, best known as a member of New York indie rock band Enon.
Life and career
Yasuda grew up in the cities of Fujisawa and Kamakura. Her father was once a doshu of Aikido. She moved to New York City in 1992, and lived there until 2006.
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.
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. The New York Times profiled Enon's move to Philadelphia as indication of a greater phenomenon of transplanted New Yorkers to the "sixth borough".
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.
Yasuda featured on Gimme A Chance on Azealia Banks' 2014 debut album Broke With Expensive Taste.
Currently, Yasuda is touring with St. Vincent on the Digital Witness Tour as keyboardist, guitarist, and backup vocalist.
- Parthenon (2012)
- Yo-Yo Blue (2013)
- Rooftop Arcade/Mesopotamia (2013)