Shibuya Crossings - DOYA (Depend On Your Alter-Ego)
Although many psychologists may perhaps advise against listening to your alter-ego, London-based threesome Shibuya Crossings invite you to depend on it with their second album DOYA. Proudly pinning a ‘we don’t fit in any genre’ badge onto every track, a great deal of effort is paid to ducking the ‘indie’, ‘rock’, or worse, ‘indie rock’ category whenever a chord comes too close to the mainstream line. Saying that, there are some flashes of red on the record, with ‘Take It Out On Me’, ‘At Eight In A Spanish Bar’, and ‘A Wonder Inside’ standing as beacons on what else would be a rather barren terrain. It’s in these tracks that the band’s four-year silence becomes broken, just managing to hold on to the schizophrenic pen that writes reverberated Weezer rhythms off of the inspired lyrical flare of Pavement.