June 17, 2013
Taffy - 'Lixiviate'
It’ll blow the cobwebs off all the ’90s revivalist naysayers
7 / 10 For some, Japanese four-piece Taffy will be another excuse to bemoan music’s retromania wagon. On ‘Lixiviate’, those dusty wheels creak into action and take Britpop to Tokyo. Singer Iris’ popsicle insouciance captures the spirit of Elastica’s Justine Frischmann, but there’s more to the band than that. ‘Sweet Violet’’s Breeders-like distortion and ‘Train’’s Stereolab motorik shows that Taffy have cast their net a whole lot wider, while their cover of ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ injects The Cure’s pop lilt with a fresh whack of Sonic Youth noise distortion. It’ll blow the cobwebs off all the ’90s revivalist naysayers.
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