Tricot
10


4.7
superb

Review

by owl beanie STAFF
October 21st, 2020 | 89 replies


Release Date: 10/21/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: has anyone seen the duolingo owl recently? i have a proposition

Why doesn’t this website listen to Tricot much? The best band in the world lends itself to a whole bunch of platitudes and this-doesn’t-mean-anythingisms so even though the last skerrick of reviewing skill I have left has all but defenestrated itself off the Harukas 300 I still feel compelled to say shit like “my brain doesn’t understand what’s going on here but my body and my soul does” and “why isn’t there more whistled melodies in math rock?”

Tricot’s second album this year is a cohesive, wildly entertaining effort. Its outline looks like power-pop but it’s coloured in with rhythmic complexity and jazzy chord progressions enough that it stands out like a particularly scintillating diamond in a vault of more boring but no less authentic diamonds. The tricotness on display here is further augmented by a heretofore untapped level of ingenuity that prioritises memorable melodies and a faithfulness to good ideas where less experienced groups would fail to realise they’re onto something special, discarding it before it has a chance to lodge itself in the hippocampuses of nerds across the globe. By this I mean that Tricot recognise when they’ve come up with a stunning riff or groove and they let it unfold and spiral into three or four minutes of inimitable, unassailable math rock class. Lead single ‘Omae’ does this with its drum track; Yoshida Yusuke opens the record with an intense, stuttered march – laced with screeching guitar feedback – that doesn’t set you on the edge of your seat so much as it makes you forget you’re sitting on one, and then it ends right before its presence begins to feel overbearing. Agenai positions Hirohiro’s droning, fuzzy bass centre-stage before it's utilised as a platform for the rest of the band to exhale in unison. Ikkyu’s vocals here, too, drift around the mix like she’s just transcended her corporeal form. It’s beautiful. Shut up.

‘10’ is a celebration of Tricot’s tenth year as a band, and it feels appropriate that all four members take this opportunity to not only display their talents as individuals but show off how much they understand each other as musicians at a point this far along in their career. One thing I noticed is particularly prevalent on this release is how they move with each other – often splitting up in pairs to make it feel as though a song is actually two songs merging together to create one, perfectly harmonised mix, much like a good producer or DJ does (listening to this right after you listen to Neil Cicierega’s new album does not engender the whiplash one would think it does). In the second half of ‘Itazura’, Motifour’s cyclical guitar noodling is underscored by Hirohiro harmonising in a similar manner on the bass. They’re both playing in cursive while the drums boldly pummel away in a straightforward way that still fits the psychotically shifting time signatures. To me this means that when the whole band folds back into the same structure and the listener realises that the track has once again cohered into a striking piece of contemporary musical architecture, the payoff is amongst the most satisfying you can find in modern rock.

I think I’m supposed to be doing university work right now, exam season be damned, but I just wanted to stress that I am – consistently and without fail – impressed by how well this band manages the tightrope walk between technicality and euphony with aplomb and a sense that they are still having as much fun as they were when they set off ten years ago. Never mind the fact that Motifour’s skittish, guitar-neck ballet riffs are the reason I still go to band practice every week, never mind the fact that I want to learn Japanese solely to better comprehend what Ikkyu is singing about -- Tricot’s dedication to an experimentation that feels learned (rather than feeling like shit is blindly being thrown at a wall) is what makes them an inspiration as both a musician, and someone grasping at pieces of a disparate joie de vivre to get from one day to the next. Okay, it’s back to the ether for me.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
verdant
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2020


2459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

tricot kekkon shite kudasai

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2020


30082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

shiyou! singles for this were heckin sweet, v excited to hear this album + read these words

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SteakByrnes
October 21st 2020


21645 Comments


Stellar review bb I love you and love your writing

"They’re both playing in cursive while the drums boldly pummel away in a straightforward way that still fits the psychotically shifting time signatures"

This line is fantastic :3 I really gotta get more into these guys discog because I've loved every song I've heard but never checked a full album

Digging: Coletta - Idealism

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2020


3523 Comments


Ooo, who's this?

verdant
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2020


2459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

steak i was like that for so long but once they click, they click hard

verdant
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2020


2459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

idk some idiot

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2020


3523 Comments


Shut up, beautiful boy.

Uzumaki
October 21st 2020


2792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wonderful review, my good man; can’t wait more than ever to listen to their new album now.

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ajcollins15
October 21st 2020


153 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

They always release their albums on such odd days. Plus they never really advertise it that much on twitter or anything so I always miss their releases!

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2020


30082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

fuck a duck, halfway through and this is an embarrassing level above Makkuro. would have made much more sense as their major label debut stylistically, too

verdant
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2020


2459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

backed. i still really like makkuro but this one is more colourful and immediate and diverse

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
October 21st 2020


6712 Comments


our lord and saviour has returned. praise be. < 3

verdant
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2020


2459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

friend hello!! it's just a dalliance i'm sure

bloc
October 21st 2020


64219 Comments


Decent band, but I've never been wowed by any of their albums. I'll check this out though

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Dedes
October 21st 2020


7347 Comments


This is a good review by a good lad
I will jam this sometime within the week
And it will probably wreck

MiloRuggles
Contributing Reviewer
October 21st 2020


906 Comments


Stunning review. Fine, I'll finally get around to czeching them oot

AtTheGates92
October 21st 2020


114 Comments


I always have a good time at their shows but I'm not the biggest fan of theirs. Perhaps this album will change my mind? The review alone almost did haha, great work

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
October 21st 2020


22298 Comments


Jack, you beautiful bastard, thanks for this morning read.

About Tricot, I don't know the reason why, but they stress the shit out of me lol

Will check it though.

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verdant
Staff Reviewer
October 22nd 2020


2459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

milo: thank u sir you are great

dedes: thank u also : D

AtG: thank you i am infinitely jealous that you've seen them live

dewi: love u thank u please listen it's good

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
October 22nd 2020


30082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

This is probably the second best Tricot album, after THE. Gonna give it time to settle, but really solid stuff all round + this review nails the various reasons why



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