Taffy - Tumbling / Boys Don't Cry [7" VINYL] - Singles - Reviews - Soundblab

Taffy - Tumbling / Boys Don't Cry [7" VINYL]

by Alexis Somerville Rating:8 Release Date:2013-05-27

Taffy are a Japanese band who have seemingly arrived in a time machine from the mid-90s, clutching a bunch of cassettes by bands which were probably never cool. They have taken the era of Britpop and shoegaze, a time which was improbably exciting but very fleeting, and dragged it into 2013. And for some unfathomable reason, it works.

The intro to 'Tumbling' features distorted guitar the likes of which you probably haven't heard for a long time. Taffy appear to have spent a lot of time listening to the likes of Echobelly, Menswe@r, Sleeper and Elastica, and in 'Tumbling' they have created a retro indie pop gem. But at just over two and a half minutes long, it's over before you've really had chance to take it in.

So obviously you need to listen again. And again. And only then will you realise how ridiculously catchy it is, with its sugary vocals and slidey psych-guitar.

This is a double a-side and the second track is a cover of 'Boys Don't Cry' by The Cure. Going further back in time to the 80s in terms of their song choice, they have nevertheless moulded their version in the style of - guess what - the 90s! It's long and meandering and the vocal phrasing is completely transformed. Unlike the original, Taffy's cover won't be causing any raucous dancing at indie discos anytime soon, but it's a good showcase of another, more downbeat side to the band's sound. As well as their Britpop influences, this track also calls to mind the more contemporary Asobi Seksu, who share Taffy's shoegaze leanings and dreamy female vocals along with the Japanese connection.

Admittedly, I was a teenager in the late-90s so there may be a large amount of nostalgia involved in my enjoyment of this single, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. If you also harbour rosy feelings for a time of musical rivalries played out in Melody Maker and the NME, developing crushes on people with floppy hair and collecting stickers of sassy female-fronted bands, then you may be curious about how a Japanese band could evoke this in 2013. It happens to be a winning take on that era and no doubt better than a lot of bands around at the time.

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