England's Fujiya & Miyagi stirred up a lot of buzz when they released their 2006 record Transparent Things, and it's likely that talk won't subside any time soon. Their new disc is an engaging collection of laid-back dance-friendly tunes that would work well blaring over the Gap's sound system and at your weekend house party.
The band pour on the fuzzy keys and light but effective drumbeats, while their odd lyrics and talkish vocals keep you engaged though wondering what the hell they're saying. Opener Knickerbocker is especially weird and even somewhat unsettling when they repeat the words "Vanilla, strawberry, knickerbocker glory" in the same rhythmic style as the Beach Boys' Kokomo ("Aruba, Jamaica, ooo, I wanna take you"). Despite a few uncomfortable moments, the Brighton trio turn in another solid effort.