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Self-released in 1986, this Japanese DIY psych pop masterwork connects the dots between Galaxie 500, Flying Nun and Maher Shalal Hash Baz.
There was only one Hallelujah's album made, and it emerged from a group of friends in Kansai led by Nagisa Ni Te's Shinji Shibayama. After a few sessions between 1985 and 1986, the band put together "Eat Meat, Swear an Oath" and released just 300 copies on Shibayama's own ORG Records, the label that would end up releasing crucial statements from Maher Shalal Hash Baz and of course Nagisa Ni Te.
Listening back now it's surprising how much ground the band covers with very little spit and polish. There's an immediate connection with New Zealand's Flying Nun; Hallelujahs have a similar disregard for slick production smarts, and a similar pull towards wiry harmonies and subtle, faded songwriting. Psychedelic but also delightfully whimsical, it feels like a mid-point between 1980s twee pop and something darker and more melancholy. Recommended.