Chai: わがまマニア - WAGAMA-MANIA
2019 RSD Black Friday Release
CHAI's 2018 EP "WAGAMA-MANIA" on vinyl for the first time ever (and with a picture disc too!) The Japanese quartet Chai aren't easy to pin down musically and that's their plan. They mix and match a variety of sounds and styles on their debut album Pink in thrilling fashion that's both very '90s and totally up to date. It sounds like it could have been released by Grand Royal or Emperor Norton in the '90s -- the band display the same disregard for the boundaries of the genre as many bands on those labels gleefully did. It also reflects the contemporary anything-goes attitude of a band making records in an age where almost any form of music is only a click away. they chuck in proto-metal guitar solos, yelped vocal interjections, rock school basslines, chirpy vocal harmonies, and odd samples; basically anything they felt like doing and it's totally refreshing. They don't seem to care about replicating or incorporating sounds that might make them more popular; it's more about having fun and making the music they want to make. Luckily for fans of goofy, happy, and endlessly entertaining pop, the music CHAI wants to make is all of those things and WAGAMA-MANIA is the work of a band in love with music, doing it for kicks alone and not worried at all about being cool or cute. It's refreshing and fun and some of the best pop music anyone is likely to hear in the late 2010s.