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Taffy - Lixiviate (Review)

Taffy, Lixiviate

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

JAPANESE four-piece Taffy are an indie pop outfit that are almost impossible to dislike.

Built around the impossibly sweet vocals of lead singer Iris (as well as her blistering guitar work), this is an act (and album) that should easily appeal to fans of early Blur, The Cure (by way of a cover version) and The Breeders.

Their songs have energy (often transmitted to their sparkling live shows) and are almost always catchy.

Former IndieLondon single of the week Tumbling, for instance, opens with a classic indie intro that is quickly filled with distortion, heavy guitar riffs and playful pop vocals.

The catchy, charismatic track is a mash up of intoxicating bubblegum pop, shoegaze and psych and manages to combine elements of bands like L7, No Doubt, and Feeder to certain degrees, while the female vocals are playful and sexy.

Snowberry, meanwhile, drops one of the most fun hooks on the LP (think early Blur) before hitting you with a chorus that drips with radio-friendly indie melody.

These are songs that are tailor-made for playing loud on sunny days, capturing a sense of elation that sometimes belies some darker lyrics.

Stewert And A Yellow Bicycle is another song awash with cute hooks and laidback vocals, Dawn Red rocks in Breeders-style fashion and has a no-nonsense feel to it and Train conjures up another effortless album highlight with its breezy delivery.

Album closer No Endings But Only The Beginnings drops a harder, grungier sound that again provokes comparisons with the likes of L7 and even Nirvana (instrumentally).

And then there’s the slower tracks: most notably their cover version of The Cure’s Boys Don’t Cry, which is delivered in a remorseful and progressively heavy format that genuinely impresses (unlike a lot of other Cure covers out there), and When Is Forever, which toys with the listener using an almost marching-band style drum beat and a gentle guitar lick to provide the backdrop to Iris’s wistful vocals.

In short, Taffy have delivered an effortlessly enjoyable listen with Lixiviate. It’ll brighten your day.

Watch the video for Tumbling:

Watch the video for Boys Don’t Cry:

Download picks: Tumbling, Snowberry, Boys Don’t Cry, Train, When Is Forever

Track listing:

  1. Sweet Violet
  2. Tumbling
  3. Snowberry
  4. Boys Don’t Cry
  5. Stewert and a Yellow Bicycle
  6. When Is Forever
  7. Dawn Red
  8. Train
  9. Maple Art
  10. No Endings but only the Beginnings