The voice of Marina Sakimoto, better known as Shunkan, is backed up by a whole band on the their first full-length album, The Pink Noise. The New Zealand band walk a very pretty line between My Bloody Valentineish noisy guitars and the unpredictable and passionate singing of Hop Along, Queen Ansleis.
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- The Pink Noise by Shunkan
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 16 December 2015On quite incredibly coloured vinyl that is best described as ‘raspberry ripple’, this is the debut album from LA born but New Zealand dwelling Marina Sakamoto and band. They make an in vogue style of tough shoegazy pop that sits somewhere between the sassy rock swagger of Sleater-Kinney and a kind of emo-influenced post punk. ‘Peter’ exemplifies their buzz saw punk pop approach with an insanely catchy chorus played at breakneck speed. This has much more in common with Husker Du than it does with My Bloody Valentine but it has an almost tween-friendly sugar pop approach that suggests a Katy Perry who has read ‘Our Band Could Be Your Life’. There are dreamier moments - whilst ‘Blue’ still pounds along it has nice ethereal vocals whilst ’S.A.D’ has the 6/8 lilt of C86 folks like Remember Fun and McCarthy. I’m reminded of ‘90s American poppers like Velocity Girl as several tracks on the B side dispense with the fuzzy guitars and at times sounds like Alanis Morrisette singing Built to Spill songs.
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