Chai (Pink Vinyl LP)

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Pink Vinyl LP

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Having swung playfully from pop to punk to lockdown collaborations on their previous albums, the self-titled new LP from Chai finds the quartet embracing their Japanese musical history by exploring city pop, J-pop, and more. Released once again on Sub Pop, the album is a joyful and fun affair, and comes as always with Chai's trademark melding of empowering messages and surreal fun. If you're not already on board with what MANA, KANA, YUNA, and YUUKI are selling, now's the perfect time to join the party! - Flying Out

The Japanese band Chai cast a spell on the world in 2017 with their debut album, PINK, a collection of songs that introduced their singular brand of playful pop. The enthusiastically feminist follow-up, PUNK, raked in accolades from the music press and fellow artists. That led to WINK, which Chai made via remote Zoom sessions, a limitation that became a strength by allowing MANA (lead vocals and keys), KANA (guitar), YUNA (drums), and YUUKI (bassist-lyricist) to collaborate with artists abroad to create a work that found catharsis in their international community. Unlike WINK, the band's new self-titled album finds Chai returning to their roots, drawing inspiration from city pop, J-pop, and their Japanese heritage. The album might be the perfect distillation of Chai's ethic: it urges listeners to keep moving through this life with joy and passion. Per MANA: "It's not about winning or losing as competition, but about what you need to do, personally, to feel you've won."

Tracklist

1. Matcha
2. From 1992
3. Para Para
4. Game
5. We the Female!
6. Neo Kawaii, K?
7. I Can't Organizeeee
8. Driving22
9. Like, I Need
10. Karaoke