Taffy - 'Plus+++'
B-sides and rarities from Japanese indie group
As Britpop continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary, here comes a reminder of the era’s long-lasting and far-reaching influence. Tokyo four-piece Taffy’s 2012 debut ‘Caramel Sunset’ took its cues from Noel, Damon and Jarvis as well as the pre-Cool Britannia era. Though that record was light and airy, this B-sides and rarities compilation is for diehard fans only. Those who invest will be rewarded with the assured melodies of ‘Tune In A Jar’ and the scuzzed-up feedback of ‘Uriseas’, but nothing else here exactly begs the question ‘Why was this not your lead single?’ At the very least, Plus+++ shows that 20 years after it all began, Britpop’s half-life has yet to reach background levels.
Record label: Club AC30
Release date: 23 Jun, 2014