Back in 2010 London based three-piece Shibuya Crossings released their debut album, DOYA, picking up support from the likes of Radio One, XFM and 6Music among others, whilst the single At Eight In A Spanish Bar (reviwed on this very site) was declared “one of the best Irish Singles of the year” by Goldenplec.
Double A-Side Gamila Stan/I’ll Meet You At The Station serves as the first taster to the band’s forthcoming second album and as such whetts the appetite wonderfully for the main course, with both tracks leaving you baying for more.
The opener, Gamila Stan, is a tale of running amok in Stockholm’s Old Town with stolen bottles of wine, it’s a vibrant indie rock number complete with fizzy riffs, uplifting vocal harmonies and a gigantic hook that’ll have you scrambling for the repeat button as soon as the track begins o fade out. The track’s infectious alternative indie bluster brings to mind the likes of slacker greats Sebadoh, Hefner or perhaps even the late great (and vastly underrated) Sparklehose.
The flipside, I’ll Meet You At The Station, showcases a rather different side to the band, a stripped down more reflective side to the band, but it’s no less impressive, the band weld aching, heartfelt vocals with twangy guitars, a gorgeous, contagious melody and a restrained shuffling beat to create a number full of longing.
If the new single is anything to judge Shibuya Crossings new material on, the band’s upcoming second full length release could be something very special indeed and with Channel 5 already picking up I’ll Meet You At The Station for a number of their various TV trailers, it could be a real big year for the trio.
Rhythm & Booze Rating 9
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