Explorers of dreamy, hazy, melodic guitar pop release single of the title song from their forthcoming album.
No, they are not Japanese, Tashaki Miyaki is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 2011, they immediately began to garner the attention of tastemakers such as The Guardian, NME, Mojo Magazine, The New York Times for their paisley underground/dream pop-inspired sound and cinematic videos. Their self-titled EP was one of the "top 10 EP of 2013" by Todd Cochran (Huffington Post UK).
Now they have just released a single and video of the title song from their forthcoming second album, ‘Castaway’, which will be released on 23rd April via Metropolis Records.
Singer, drummer and producer Paige Stark states that the song “is about the challenges of romantic love and how we are all bad at it in one way or another. The idea of a castaway in all this is that no one understands the relationship except the people in it, so you really are stuck on an island alone together there. Maybe you make it back to the mainland, or maybe you stay on the island.”
Stark also shot the Sofia Coppola-inspired video on film, adding: "I wanted to tap into all the feelings that can come up in love relationships: anger, sadness, loneliness, vulnerability, stillness, joy, romance, longing. The actress in it has a beautifully expressive face and I've known her for a long time. I knew we would be able to create those moments together. I wanted it to feel like the camera was her lover, capturing her in various private moments, moods and feelings.”
Tashaki Miyaki are explorers of dreamy, hazy, melodic guitar pop. Though its three members are self-described "California kids", their sound is influenced by far more than west coast attitude. They each have broad tastes that span the Great American Songbook, Sun Records, Doo-Wop, “the 60’s & 70’s things everyone loves”, their hero “Uncle Neil”, Punk, “Everything in the 90’s” and past and current hip-hop.
‘Castaway’ is the follow-up to 2017’s ‘The Dream’ and expands their musical palette while broadening their emotional range via songs circling themes of love, memory and time that are simultaneously haunting, soothing and arresting.
The album also sees them deconstruct the sound perfected on their debut and reboot. “We decided no wah pedal for most of the record,” explains Stark. “We tried to incorporate new soundscapes. Like, what if there isn’t as much reverb on everything? What would be the less obvious sonic choice? What if everything isn’t as fuzzy and smeary? What sounds have we not tried? What if we let stuff be a little naked? What does that sound like?”
Stark has also pushed her lyrics into a more personal direction. “The album title comes from this thing a friend would say, calling himself a ‘castaway from decent society’. I also feel like a castaway a lot of the time. When I wrote the title track, I was thinking about love and how it changes over time if you stay in something long enough. It gets hard. And sometimes you feel stuck. It’s a pretty melancholy record, I guess. I always try to be direct, but I didn’t have as much life lived on the first record. I saw things very black and white, and perhaps simpler. Now I see a lot more grey and a lot more complexity.”