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Released: 07.05.21







A sublime mix of Western psych rock and traditional Japanese instrumentation makes for a glorious debut by Montreal seven-piece TEKE::TEKE. Bamboo flutes partner perfectly naturally with fuzzed out overdriven guitar noise as if they were always meant to be a thing. There’s an undercurrent of strange exotica that occasionally breaks through on Dobugawa and the last track Tekagami like a sinister lounge, tropically infused with psychedelic mystery.

Artist and actor Maya Kuroki sings in Japanese modern ballads of love and ghostly drama with a lusty punk passion, and the band as a whole are strongly influenced by Japanese surf and garage rock legend Takeshi ‘Terry’ Terauchi. If there’s a Tarantino-esque disparate pulp tale missing its soundtrack, it’s here.


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