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New Cairophenomenons: “Tiger, Tiger”

It would be a bit too precious to say Tokyo’s Cairophenomenons carry the torch of early 2010s Japanese indie-rock, though they probably are as close as anyone is going to get to the vibe of Hotel Mexico in 2018. But they really do nail a certain Setagaya-ward-basement feel that is becoming a bit more rare as bands shift towards City Pop-lite, or more twee grounds, or like noise. “Tiger, Tiger” is a breezy number with enough rev ups (see: right after the hooks) to not be blown over by one’s breath. It’s just the right mix of earnest and muscular, and the end result is comforting if not a little too familiar. Listen above.