Label: Self-released, 2014
I am starting this new year with this album. Well, actually, it's been late since I got this one on last December. However, I have to say, still, this album is more than enough to be my favorite.
Haniwa is indie-rock band from Oklahoma, influenced by Alt-J, Portishead, or Polica. One of the interesting part of this album is how they explore synth and combined it with lovely vocal (listen to 'Archipelago' or 'Tar Rose'). 'Gloom' has incredible intro and catchy bassline. The soft one, 'Sunglass Pane', the lovely 'She Said', 'Mawkish Mask' with the catchy tune sounds like 8-bit but very pop in the middle, or 'Time' is the simple acoustic guitar based,
Finally, what's good of this album is how they combine many elements into their music. We can say it's very explorative in indie-rock music. Beside that, I always think that good album is the one that could give different experience in every tracks, and this is one example. Every tracks has their own charm, not just trying to copy one formula to all tracks. Excellent. I really like this. Hope they have good fortune with this album in this good year.
You can get the album here and get in touch with them here,