JATK: JAPANESE BUTTERFLY SINGLE

The track opens with a noise out of a horror movie, almost a Nirvana noise sample from In Utero and then it bursts into an indie rock gem. Distorted vocals in the vein of The Strokes announce the song has actually started as fuzzy guitar tones hit you in the face with a euphoric wave of pop melody. The vocals are expressive in a way similar to a singer like Rivers Cuomo, and that is what most bands never realize is what makes things interesting for the listener. The guitar riffs sound straight out of a Dinosaur Jr. or Superdrag track from the 90’s. On this maxi-single the great guitar work is even more apparent on the instrumental version. I don’t usually give grades or bullshit like that but this gets an A in my book, this student of music was paying attention in class.

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- Sam Lowry

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