Boomkat Product Review:
This album is the product of a recording session booked during Tenniscoats' recent stay in Glasgow. The Japanese band suggested a collaboration with Scottish indie rock legends the Pastels under the suspicion that the two parties had a creative kinship that warranted some investigation. Sure enough, this intercontinental supergroup have fashioned a subtly delightful LP that captures the delicate songwriting eloquence innate to both bands. Sung in both Japanese and English, there's a very egalitarian feel to the way the album is assembled, and even the way it stirs into life suggests a gentle, synergetic meeting of minds: 'Tokyo Glasgow' is a lovely three-minute instrumental that introduces the album with a twinkle of electronics and fractured acoustic guitars, all leading towards the first song proper, 'Two Sunsets', on which Tenniscoats vocalist Saya intones gently, accompanied by splashy cymbals, tentative piano chords and threads of ethereal guitar. Gelling for a more solid song structure, the brilliant 'Song For A Friend' is up next - the first collaboratively penned effort, which is also sung as a duet split between the two groups. What with the softly spun, perfectly poised melodies and quietly rousing brass ornamentation it's living proof that too many cooks don't always spoil the broth. Scarcely do crossover projects run as smoothly as this one, and all-too often they're failed experiments, but during the finest moments of Two Sunsets the Pastels and Tenniscoats actually start to sound like they're at least as good as the sum of their parts, which is some achievement. Gorgeous.