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New Post Modern Team: “Listen To The Music”

Post Modern Team could play this trick, one a lot of indie-pop bands are capable of but which happened to be one the Osaka group did better than most in Japan. From the opening notes of career-highlight “Never Let You Down” and onward, they could make even the hint of wistfulness sound happy, especially when they hit on a particular phrase that they could then milk for all its worth. Even if last year’s Be Forever Young? came up with mixed results, Post Modern Team could hit it at times.

“Listen To The Music,” from forthcoming album Come On Over Now, sticks out because it sounds sad. Or, maybe more accurately, tired, which allows their once skippy playing and vocal delivery to now sound a touch slower. The end result is an indie-pop song that still manages to pull off a nice skip to it — and Post Modern Team’s hook-writing chops remain strong, the titular phrase here sticky as ever — but something about the song feels more downcast. This one gets right to the emotional center, and isn’t worried about any initial confusion. Listen above.