Tashaki Miyaki: The Dream (2017)
"City," the opening track after a brief prelude, has a familiar minor chord progression (reminds me of the Police's "Synchronicity II," oddly enough), opening into total earworm vocals, a room-filling psychedelic epic. The follow up, "Girls on TV," is even better, a crunchy guitar riff and shades of late 80s women-fronted indie pop bands like the Darling Buds and the Primitives... and then the MBV guitar skronk really kicks in. "Facts Of Life" is another one that's got some real indie pop punch, while the acoustic guitar-based "Keep Me In Mind" is ridiculously pretty, its xylophone backing reminiscent of the Velvets' "Sunday Morning." And "Get It Right" splits the difference, a quietly loping 60s girl group ballad topped with squalls of joyous feedback.
Plenty of slow-burning headphone-friendly mellow grooves here, but the nifty hooks and carefully deployed guitar textures, and especially the warm vocal embrace of singer/multi-instrumentalist Paige Stark, make this rise far above standard-issue dream pop (a genre I enjoy but find can blend together).
Buy it on Bandcamp.
Here's the "Girls on TV" video:...and "City":
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