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Reviewed on 15th June 2008.


In a Cave

By Tokyo Police Club

'In a Cave' is taken from Tokyo Police Club's debut album 'Elephant Shelf,' and if this track is anything to go by then the current chart-bothering indie giants had better watch out.

'In a Cave' is built on an angular drumbeat that manages to be both awkward and slick in the style of alt-rockers Biffy Clyro. The lyrics are smart, with a dash of the bizarre that suits their musical style perfectly, even if you won't have a clue what they're singing about (what exactly is an 'elephant shelf' anyway?). The chorus sees 'In a Cave' tip the scales slightly in the 'accessible' direction, creating the sort of chorus that's okay on the first listen, but like a revelation by the fifth time you've heard it.

The instrumental ending is the song's strongest moment, with hand-clapping sound effects integrated into that spring-heeled drumbeat, making it even catchier than it was to begin with.

The verses and music of 'In a Cave' are awkward indie perfection, and if the chorus lacks that immediate 'wow' factor, then it's refreshing to see a band bucking the indie scene's current trend for immediately likeable, poppy choruses. The single requires a few listens before its brilliance becomes apparent, but it's well worth that initial effort.



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