Pastels/Tenniscoats

Two Sunsets

Domino/Geographic

Sep 21, 2009 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share


During the 2000s, The Pastels cultured a lasting connection with the avant-garde pop community of Japan. Thus, the Scottish duo's long-gestating collaboration with the Tokyo pop duo, Tenniscoats is somewhat predictable. Saya and Ueno Takashi play their instruments like they're pattering rain on a grassy knoll or butterflies hovering above flowers. The quartet's brassy Jesus and Mary Chain cover ("About You") is soothing, too. The Pastels' Katrina and Gerard Love provide the more punchy numbers, such as the bass-driven "Vivid Youth," and the piano and brushed cymbal haze of "Boats." Overall, Two Sunsets' twee pop aesthetics lattice into a misty, pastoral inertness. (www.dominorecordco.com/artists/pastels-and-tenniscoats)

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