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Lemon’s Chair — “[I Hate? I Hope?]”

I saw Osaka’s Lemon’s Chair at one of the excellent Total Feedback gigs at High in Tokyo’s Koenji neighborhood and was mesmerized by their loud waves of sonic guitar. This year’s album “[I Hate? I Hope?]” captured some of that controlled melodic My-Bloody-Valentine-esque noise on tracks such as “Halcyon” and the gorgeous nine-minute opening song, “Swallowtail.” Just two guitars and drums, Lemon’s Chair have the perfect formula for shoegaze — guitars way up, no vocals, and just simple beats to accompany. All this shoegazing is balanced by the other tracks on the album, covering ambient postrock and Cocteau Twins-like dream pop.

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