Miila and the Geek’s debut album, “New Age,” would be my favorite Japanese album of 2011 even without the postquake context into which it was released.

The Tokyo trio took the abrasive sound of no-wave and crafted catchy songs out of it. On tracks such as “Cigarette and Water” and “Trouble,” lead singer Moe Wadaka’s alluring yelps get pushed along by drummer Kaoru Ajima’s simplistic-but-effective pounding, and Ryota Komori’s saxophone runs unrestrained over the entire thing. The band even turns something as simple as singing the alphabet into a clattering, sax-blasted head rush on “Alphabed.” Nothing in the country sounded like “New Age” this year, despite the fact that what makes the release special is precisely how well it encapsulates the confusion of 2011.

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