Urban Sleep Discs (2009)
If there's one thing I love, it's being sent records to review by Japanese record labels. For whatever reason, they always seem to know just what I need to listen to. Call it common ground or say that I'm easy to pigeonhole, they seem to put out the best stuff. Even when the bands in question aren't Japanese, as is the case with this split CD.
Both Jetpilot and Cinnabar hail from Sweden. That's another country that I have a real soft spot for. So many great bands have come from there. I had reviewed another Jetpilot EP a few months ago. I dug that one and I like their contributions to this split just as much. Throughout the five songs, they pull off the sort of crunchy pop that should make any Sugar fan sit up and take notice. The highlight of the bunch is "This House." It's just a masterclass in crunchy guitar power.
Cinnabar isn't really too dissimilar from Jetpilot. While it is a cop out to say that they sound the same, they definitely seem to draw from similar inspirations. This is really the sort of pop core I love. There is big, dynamic guitar work on the fast songs, squalling out with a chaotic, but still melodic sound. "A Modern Taste" may be the best song on this entire EP and provides the sort of loud, crushing hooks that remind me quite a bit of Starmarket. Cinnabar is also very capable when it comes to the more restrained, slower songs as evident by "Blue Movie." For me, the best slow songs always build to a noisy chorus and this one does that nicely.
Unfortunately I can't find these songs streaming online anywhere, but trust me, they're all pretty great.