Thursday, December 6, 2012

REVIEW: Parakeet - Shonen Hearts EP

The Shonen Hearts EP is the debut offering from London's Parakeet.  The band is a project of  Mariko Doi, bassist from Yuck, James Thomas, drummer from The History of Apple Pie, and guitarist Jon Jackson.  Those other bands are ongoing, and I don't think that Doi and Thomas have abandoned their mates, but Parakeet gives this trio a chance to explore different musical expressions.  Specifically, Shonen Hearts EP is a scuzzier and punkier take on the noise pop and psychedelia spectrum.  The energy and noise, with Doi's pop vocals riding the aural wave, make for a fun listening and a debut that leaves us interested in the next offering from Parakeet.

Here is the video for the title track --

The intent to provide riffs with harder edge is evident on opening track "Toumono", and "Bananafish" rocks just as hard, albeit with a bit less distortion.  "Shonen Hearts" is the showcase track, in my view, a great bit of psychedelic pop.  Closer, "Darumsanga" is a excellent combination of alternative rock and punk, perhaps like Dinosaur Jr fronted by the Slits.

You can stream the entire EP here:

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