Sugardrop
Sundaysunday


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Review

by discovolante USER (73 Reviews)
September 30th, 2013 | 18 replies | 628 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A splendid debut from one of Japan's brightest up-and-comers.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

In Japan, shoegaze is a style that has progressively gotten more popular over time. With groups like Cruyff in the Bedroom and The Novembers on the forefront of the scene, many up-and-comers in the indies scene are starting to embrace the scene. Sugardrop are one of those many up-and-comers. With a style rich in nostalgia, Sugardrop released their 2012 debut album, "Sundaysunday", which concocts their shoegaze-influenced style and laces it with 90's-esqued alternative rock.

"Girl Friend" has a shoegaze tone to it, with the vocals of the group sounding very reminiscent of The Pillows. This opening track exemplifies what the group is essentially all about: noisy, shoegaze melodics with drony vocals and a severe 90's alternative sound. "You Need Someone" has a sound that is similar to that of early-day Smashing Pumpkins, and has a droned rhythm, and over-amplified guitars carrying the song's vintage-sounding tone to the top of its potential. A fantastic song, and can also be compared to Supercar, more specifically their "Three Out Change" album. "6, 7, 8" follows a progressive-alternative bass line and flickering guitar riffs, equipped with a rather upbeat sound. The sheer melody shown within this specific track makes it a catchy one, with the crashing chorus being specifically memorable. "Two Four Six" has a sound that can be compared to the Japanese shoegaze giants, Cruyff in the Bedroom, and its introverted attitude gives the album an interesting edge. The down-and-out feel of the song gives the album even more emotion to work with, and winds up being a memorable track on the album.

In short, "Sundaysunday" ends up being a true diamond-in-the-rough in the Japanese indies department. Its fantastic mixture of nostalgic 90's alternative rock and noisy shoegaze gives the album a truly diverse and entertaining sound, and one that will win over even the most stubborn alternative fans. If you're a huge fan of 90's alternative rock (Smashing Pumpkins in particular), or are a fan of shoegaze in general, then give "Sundaysunday" a listen. The future of Japanese shoegaze is here, and it goes by the name of Sugardrop.



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GodBlessPilot
September 30th 2013



48 Comments


Sounds cool.

discovolante
September 30th 2013



641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Indeed it is.

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ericu03
September 30th 2013



140 Comments


i always wonder you're not a contrib yet. posd.

discovolante
September 30th 2013



641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks a lot, man.

pizzamachine
September 30th 2013



12568 Comments


Good review!

discovolante
September 30th 2013



641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks!

pizzamachine
September 30th 2013



12568 Comments


I just checked out Girlfriend and it was cool but I didn't like the vocals. :/

discovolante
September 30th 2013



641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The vocals remind me of The Pillows, personally.

pizzamachine
September 30th 2013



12568 Comments


give me some time and I'll probably like them lol

discovolante
September 30th 2013



641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sounds good lol

BallsToTheWall
September 30th 2013



44164 Comments


Jamming now.

discovolante
September 30th 2013



641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great to hear, man!

Mad.
October 1st 2013



2934 Comments


Sounds interesting, will listen yo

Good review, pos'd

discovolante
October 1st 2013



641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man.

Decayingmajesty
October 1st 2013



5394 Comments


Posd hard, not that familiar with this genre. Is this a good starting point?

discovolante
October 1st 2013



641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I believe so. The nostalgic sound of the album makes it a good starting point in shoegaze, especially modern shoegaze, IMO.

Decayingmajesty
October 1st 2013



5394 Comments


Ok :D

sixdegrees
April 17th 2014



15785 Comments


only heard some stuff off of Yeah Right by these guys but they're real good

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