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Building themselves into one of the country’s more successful indie acts, Saitama trio Ling tosite sigure graduated to the majors for 2009’s “just A moment.” Since then, they’ve sold over 60,000 units of the record, toured in Britain (their first international gigs) and drew 7,000 fans to the Saitama Super Arena in April for a hometown headlining concert. Although far from a household name, they acknowledge their growing popularity with their fourth full-length’s title, “still a Sigure virgin?”

Lead single “I was music” begins with restrained whispers from guitarist TK atop of 345’s bass, before teasing with a short-lived blast of fast-paced power-pop. Alternating between heavily textured melodic buildups and loud, tense breakdowns, the track erupts with shrieks from TK and Pierre Nakano’s hammering drums into a fantastic blistering finale.

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