March 30, 2010

i remember when our voices used to sound the exact same


Tokyo Police Club are not as authoritative and Asian as they sound, in fact they are pale indie rock boys from Ontario with tambourines and synthesizers. Their music blends blend pleasingly nasally vocals (think of your favorite Decemberists, or Neutral Milk Hotel) with big juicy percussion and flourishes of robot electronica.

Their new sophomore album Champ is out on mom+pop records on June 8th. This intro sounds like The XX, then it gets all happy let’s-go-ride-bikes:

STREAM: Breakneck Speed – Tokyo Police Club

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Download it for free on their website. I’m already thinking of putting this song on my summer mix (I have the first and last tracks picked so far, even though I don’t put it up until June. There was one other song I heard recently and thought to myself, “Wow, that would be a perfect track 2 on the Fuel/Friends Summer 2010 mix,” but I forgot to write it down. Le sigh).

Tokyo Police Club is fun live, and plays April 17 at Coachella, June 11 at Bonnaroo, and a June run supporting Passion Pit. Tour dates here.

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    Tweets that mention i remember when our voices used to sound the exact same | Fuel/Friends Music Blog -- — March 30, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

  • Nasal is seldom pleasant, I still can’t listen to NMH for too long on end, or Dylan for that matter. Shame on me.

    Christopher — March 30, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

  • i was thinking as i wrote “nasally” what a terrible word choice it is because it sounds like snot and annoyance and things like that kinda is? and i don’t mind? maybe it is an acquired taste. or maybe it’s just since i was sick all last week and my nasal passages are looking for someone they can relate to.

    browneheather — March 30, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

  • Wow, really reminds me of the XX stuff – very similar sound. Not sure who did it first – doesn’t really matter, sounds cool.

    Ben — April 2, 2010 @ 1:46 am

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