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Tokyo indie hepcats drop their new Takarajima

Tokyo quartet the Siamese Cats seem to draw their main inspiration from the loose, rangy approach of 90s US indies titans like Pavement or Dinosaur Jr.—frontman Tomoyuki Natsume’s sweet but deliberately tuneless singing, the squalls of guitar feedback, it’s all there. Yet the group’s new Takarajima (“Treasure Island”) offers something for just about every kind...

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