There’s something intrinsic to Californians that enables them to capture sunshine and optimism in music, and Tashaki Miyaki who are one of the newest acts to hail from that coast, have succeeded in doing just that with their debut EP.

Tashaki Miyaki appeared earlier this year with their well received cover of the Everly Brothers song ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’. I often think it’s a perilous move to judge a band based on the hype of one good song, however having listened to their excellent new 4 track EP the excitement has been totally justified.

Imagine lo –fi 70’s fuzz guitars playing thick chords intertwined with frequent melodic licks, add to that a crisp vintage drum sound and some awesomely melodic, reverb wrapped female vocals. There’s a hint of a surf vibe in the vocals as they suggest to the listener that ‘something is better than nothing’ and ‘make me happy, always happy’.

Whilst listening to this EP on my way to work for the last few days I’ve been racking my brains as to who they sound like. I still can’t quite put my finger on it however there is a real sense of nostalgia with this band, it feels like you’ve heard them before. That’s definitely a positive feeling.

I can see this band doing well, they have a ‘Low’ type vibe about them which will make them prime for playing Pitchfork / ATP type shows. I hope they manage to write an album of gems similar to what they have done here.