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If the revivalist sound of bands like The Horrors and Crocodiles makes you swoon—perhaps inspiring a sudden urge to let your hair grow out and buy a can of Aqua-Net—then London's Toy is right up your alley. But the coolness factor doesn't peak there: the quartet takes the dance-focused swirling pop of the '80s and injects it with a narcotized strain of Krautrock, replete with metronomic beats and propulsive currents strong enough to drown a hippo. The 10-minute motorik stunner "Kopter" needs zero justification, while "Colours Running Out" lopes along on racing percussion and vibrant swaths of neon-washed keyboard and guitar, feeling a bit like Australia's '60s-drenched Tame Impala. A few tracks, like "Drifting Deeper," find the band playfully stretching out and exploring what psychedelia can mean after so many years of reinvention and regurgitation. What's revealed is a playful and confident streak. Toy is so full of beautiful surprises that it's hard to believe a debut this beguiling and mature could come from such young guns. 

Customer Reviews

So Good

These guys are awesome. They blend krautrock, shoegaze, and psychedelic music wonderfully.

Not bad. Not great.

I've come to be disgusted by the word shoegaze when it pertains to the shoegaze revival bands who imitate their favorite MBV songs. But I have to give these guys credit. They don't have a childish obsession with swirly guitars and they don't indulge too much in distortion. They offer up some surprises that are by no means profound, but still make for a fun listen. Drifting Deeper's percussion and electronic bursts definitely remind one of Faust and Neu. But Motoring leaves the krautrock behind a bit to recall the rhythms of less "trendy" influences like The Dream Syndicate and The Wedding Present. And as much as I'm tired of romantic 80s synth in contemporary indie, it's hard to deny the emotive honesty of My Heart Skips a Beat. Of course, you could also argue that the vocal stylings and atmospherics don't do much to differentiate them from The Horrors. But overall, the quality is there.




Genre: Alternative

London's TOY borrow from shoegaze, Krautrock, and classic psychedelia to make pulsating, hypnotic music. Featuring vocalist/guitarist Tom Dougall, guitarist Dominic O'Dair, bassist/vocalist Maxim Barron, keyboardist Alejandra Diez, and drummer/vocalist Charlie Salvidge, TOY began playing together in 2010; before forming this group, Dougall, O'Dair, and Barron were in the band Joe Lean & the Jing Jang Jong. Barron also plays in Cat's Eyes, the other project of the Horrors' Faris Badwan. The group's...
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