Tashaki Miyaki - Tashaki Miyaki EP
Californians Tashaki Miyaki burst onto the scene earlier this summer thanks to their sharp and excellent cover of Everly Brothers' 'All I Have To Do Is Dream', reimagining it as a melancholic and haunting love song. Their eponymous four-track debut EP shows that this was no one-off, delivering 14 minutes of beautifully low-key, deliciously scuzzy rock.
Walls of feedback and dreamy vocals are the name of the game here and by the end of opener 'Somethin' Better Than Nothin'', you'll all want to play. It's the most accessible effort out of the four, but far from its highlight: that belongs to the heartbreakingly lovely 'Get It Right' that rounds off proceedings. Propelled by a delicate hook, it sees vocalist Tashaki imbue her soft vocals with raw emotion and a brittle edge - "You're all I ever wanted / What will I love / If I don't have you" - and is effectively, yet quietly, moving. With proclamations of matching the likes of Jesus And The Mary Chain and John Lennon in their blurb, we wondered if the duo had set their stall too high; on the basis of this debut, they hadn't set it high enough.