From the first chords, you know this is a scrumptious indierock treat. 2012’s Isle of Dogs is finally reissued on vinyl for everybody who missed the boat the first time, right as Tigercats’ second album (Mysteries) is released. What convenient timing for all you fans of lighthearted and honest indiepoprock in all its distorted catchiness!
Vinyl LP £11.99 FIKA015LP
180g vinyl reissue LP on Fika.
- Includes download code
CD £10.99 NOIS1106CD
CD on Acuarela.
Despite my love for C86 style indie-pop there’s still a lot of the stuff that gets my goat. For example, I’m the only person in the entirety of the universe that doesn’t get the Wave Pictures. A fact which means that this re-issue of the debut from popular indie combo Tigercats could struggle under my pen.
Opener ‘Coffin For The Isle Of Dogs’ is by miles the best thing here - a kind of Quickspace-like take on kraut-rock- it’s spoken word vocals also reminding me of Life Without Buildings but ‘Konny Huck’ has pretty much made my mind up that I’m going to hate it though I’d imagine many others will be in twee-pop heaven for the very same reasons; whiney Jonathan Richman vocals, spindly guitars, danceable rhythms and terrible keyboard sounds. However, later on ‘Kim and Thurston’ tones down the overbearing faux-naivety a bit with nods to the Go-Betweens. Also over on the flip ‘Easter Island’ is a kind of carbon copy of the ‘Limehouse Nights’ ... both have a vaguely afrobeat nature, toddler-friendly rhythms and indie-party vibes.
They enjoy naming songs after people indie kids will have heard of ...’Stevie Nicks’, ‘Harper Lee’, ‘Kim and Thurston’; fans of Hefner, Los Campesinos, the Wave Pictures are going to find plenty to enjoy here and even I can’t hate on it too much - it would be like being cruel to a squirrel.
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