I've really been in a state of constant disbelief lately. So many of the recent Japanese records that I've been reviewing lately have come out quite a while ago. This one from Her Spectacles came out all the way back in 2006. I just don't know how I missed out on all of these. Well, I have a little bit of an idea for something this old as 2004-2007 was a really down time for buying new records as my job was beating the life out of me and I didn't want to listen to anything. But still, had I known about a record this good, I would have absolutely made time for it.
This EP by Her Spectacles actually reminds me of something that's kind of in the middle of the last two records I've reviewed on this very site. They've got the same sort of attention to melody and dynamic guitar work of Does It Float (riyl Three Minute Movie), while at the same time keeping things poppy and catchy like Tin Soldiers (riyl Kevlar, Sugar). The combination of these two style makes Her Spectacles the most impressive of the bunch as these sounds are combined into energetic and hook filled songs, while still displaying a level of musicianship and song craft that lets you know that these folks really know how to play.
I still can't believe this EP is as old as it is. Remain sounds so fresh and exciting and all it does is make me want to listen to more by this band. Sadly, there doesn't appear to be much more out there. I have the three way split with Skimmer and Peace of Bread and the only other record I can find is a split 7" with Phoenix Foundation. I'll be keeping my eye out for that, but I just wish there was more.'
Her Spectacles - Remain: