New Japanese Technology's new album, Strobe Lights and Hurricanes, is a significant improvement from June's California Blue LP.
It begins with a delicate, 7-minute acoustic guitar ballad, "Pianos Filled with Flames," which smartly alludes to Neutral Milk Hotel's "Holland, 1945".
It then gives way to my favorite track on the album, "Citizen Hurricane". "Citizen Hurricane" takes off at a high clip and stays there. It's the type of song that Elliott Smith would have put out if he had been alive to collaborate with the Flaming Lips in 2004. So, basically, it's effing awesome.
New Japanese Technology - Citizen Hurricane (Strobe Lights and Hurricanes, 2008)
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