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Album Review: 3 by Tricot

Japanese alternative-rock band Tricot release their new album, 3, on 19th May via Big Scary Monsters. Formed in the historical and culturally rich city of Kyoto, Japan in 2010, the three-piece have gained a steadily-growing following with their high-energy live shows throughout Asia, Europe and North America over the past few years.

With their current line-up featuring founding members Ikkyu Nakajima (vocals / guitar), Motoko “Motifour” Kida (guitar / backing vocals), and Hiromi “Hirohiro” Sagane (bass / backing vocals), Tricot’s unusual and distinctive sound harmonizes pop sensibilities and emotional vocals with complex rhythms and time-signatures that fans of Battles, Speedy Ortiz and Don Caballero should fall instantly in love with.

While their first two full-length albums, 2013’s T H E and 2015’s A N D, set the ball rolling 3 solidifies the template and harnesses the band’s sound into tight and highly accomplished bubble. While they’ve got all the right ingredients to make them an exciting prospect, singing in their native Japanese and utilising unpredictable song transitions, melodic post-rock-inspired sounds and jazz-influenced instrumental breaks, it just doesn’t push Alt Dialogue’s buttons.

It’s plainly obvious that 3 showcases Tricot at their best. It’s a step up from their previous efforts and there’s the distinctive air of a band excelling in a new-found confidence. Unfortunately, for us it hasn’t resulted in an album that we enjoy. It’s all a little to ‘meh’.

There’s no bad tracks on 3 even though ‘Yosoiki’ tries its best to sound like a messy math pop version of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Even that shades being unlikable due to the excellent and sumptuous vocal. Throughout the album you’ll come across moments where you think the band are going to hit gold like on the mathy ‘DeDeDe’, the minimalist tones of ‘Pork Side’ or the math groove of ‘Pork Ginger’ yet it always seems to just come in wide of the mark.

Essentially it’s an album of 13 decent tracks that threaten to be excellent but fail to follow up on their promise. Some will love this album and it’s certainly worth giving it a go.

AD Rating 5.5/10


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