ALBUM REVIEW: Taffy “Caramel Sunset”

With the eighties influenced sounds having been at the forefront of the music scene for the past few years, it is somewhat comforting to hear the nineties make their comeback. While the move to the Britpop generation may not be entirely new, with the Ex-Lovers having worn their indie heart on their sleeve for the past few years, it could take Tokyo four-piece taffy to make the nineties revival fully mainstream.

“Caramel Sunset” is cohesive and convincing, yet it has to be noted that it is most certainly a single driven album. Clocking in at a miniscule 35 minutes, the ten track album is blissful and beautiful from start to finish, but only three songs make the immediate impact needed to establish taffy as the act to watch.

Dainty ditty “Flower Chain” is easily the album standout. Cutesy and pretty, its chorus packs a subtle punch and its refrain will be ringing in your head for days. Album closer and current single “So Long” draws on the bubblegum infused indie pop of Bis, without losing the sultry sexiness of Sleeper. Sweet but not sugary,”So Long” is irrepressible and unforgettable. Finishing the hat-trick is album opener the An Pierle meets Donna Lewis and Lisa Miskovsky “Between”.  A slow burner that grows with each listen.

Oozing the nonchalance of Elastica, the understated sexuality of Sleeper, the class of Menswear and sheer sing-ability of Blur, taffy are more than on to a good thing. “Caramel Sunset” may have its forgettable moments, but taffy are a class act that warrant your attention.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams


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