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New Cairophenomenons: “Water”

It’s all a summer stroll until things get blurry. Tokyo’s Cairophenomenons start off crafting a warm-weather indie-pop jaunt on latest song “Water,” with interlocking guitar melodies and a pleasant bounce that evokes a band like Deerhunter (or compatriots Hotel Mexico, at least on more straightforward numbers). It’s pleasant and downright cheery from the right angle. But rather than ride that wave for a full four minutes, Cairophenomenons let the edges start to blur just before the two minute mark, the singing becoming more stretched out and the music warping too. And then “Water” just turns into a bleary instrumental, revealing the group’s psych-leaning qualities in all their glory. Listen above.