They've released the title track to sample, a short one that kicks off with some nimble west-African style guitar that quickly slides into a bouncing pop structure. The guy/girl harmonies are fantastic and Satomi Matsuzaki's vocals are perfectly suited for the fast-paced and sunny guitar noodling. I still have very little idea what she's saying most of the time if I don't pay full attention, but that's a minor drawback I don't ever consider a flaw with this band. If the album as a whole follows suit, it should impress as much or more than last year's Friend Opportunity.
They'll tour in support of the album beginning on October 3rd, no Canadian dates announced quite yet, though there is a welcome 2-day gap between Pontiac, MI and NYC, so who knows, Toronto.
"The Tears of Music and Love" from the new album can be seen performed live in Tokyo courtesy of Pitchfork TV.