Amid the current wave of retro, sun-bleached beach pop, comes Japanese outfit Friends (aka Shota Kaneko & friends). But what stands out about this group are the hazy, reverb-drenched guitar swells and muffled Brian Wilson-esque vocal harmonies (sung entirely in English) which combine to create a genuine nostalgic vibe, instantly transporting us to the days of Coppertone and warm ocean breeze. Friends’ debut LP, Let’s Get Together Again, dropped earlier this summer on Japanese imprint Second Royal Records. You can stream it in its entirety below.
[via The Bearded Rainbow]