12 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

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. 

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