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Chutzpah! Festival Celebrates Diversity With Multifaceted International Programming

Chutzpah! Festival Celebrates Diversity With Multifaceted International Programming

by Yasmine Shemesh In Hebrew, chutzpah means “brazen audacity.” As such, it’s fitting that the term would be the namesake…

Tokyo Police Club – Melancholy and the Infinite Radness (Part 1)

Tuesday 05th, April 2016 / 10:14
By Liam Prost

tokyopoliceclubDine Alone Records

Tokyo Police Club probably write hooks on the cold sides of their pillows while they sleep. 2014’s Forcefield was such an effortless exercise in perfect indie-dance-rock that moments of it actually started to feel like they weren’t trying. Regardless, three records of infinitely fist-bumpable music under their belt and a couple solo projects underway from its membership, what exactly Tokyo Police Club was going to become was a bit of a mystery. Melancholy and the Infinite Radness (Part 1) is the awkward stepsister to Forcefield that I’m not sure anyone was asking for, but it rocks no less than Tokyo Police Club fans should expect. It opens strong with “Not My Girl,” whose clean hooks and mumblecore lyrics tickle the teenager in us all. The only awkward moment comes from “The Ocean” which goes headfirst into contemporary pop far enough to include a half-hearted beat drop. The cheesey keys and synths on this song are the only serious missteps on an otherwise charming EP. Whatever Part 2 of this project brings, it may not be unprecedented, but it is certainly more than welcome.

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