Supercar

Futurama

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Supercar's debut album Three Out Change was a landmark album in Japanese rock, showing, alongside albums like Number Girl's School Girl Bye Bye, that Japanese bands could do indie rock as well as any of their Western counterparts. Their second album, Jump Up, tightened up the sound and reined itself in at something approaching a reasonable length, reaping commercial rewards as a result. However, it's with Futurama that Supercar really come into their own. Opening with the techno-inspired "Changes," Supercar show that they have moved on from guitar-heavy shoegazer rock towards something much more sleek and futuristic. It's futuristic as imagined by New Order in 1989, but they still make it sound impressive, navigating the thin line between the cleaner sound of Jump Up and the all-out sonic assault of Three Out Change. The rock and electronic elements combine easily, never jarring on the ear, and tracks like "Baby Once More" suggest that the band have been taking lessons from the Shibuya-kei movement just as much as the obvious British influences this time round, with Cornelius a possible reference point.

As might be expected, Futurama starts to drag in the second half of its 75-minute running time, although the duo of "Karma" and "Fairway," with their layered, textured guitars and dreamy vocals set against a propulsive, hi-NRG disco beat, are album highlights.

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