Over the course of the last couple of albums, Tokyo Police Club have made us expect synth-based indie pop with a slight twist.
The songs on Forcefield are more straightforward, for the most part. The shimmering synth on "Beaches" conveys a strong '80s aesthetic, while songs like "Miserable" and "Gonna Be Ready" are fairly unsophisicated (yet enjoyable) pop ditties. The band will likely have a full-fledged summer hit on their hands with the bright "Hot Tonight".
There are a handful of tracks that are more stealth in their pop. "Toy Guns" has a marvelously camouflaged hook, while "Through the Wire" lulls you with it's relaxed tempo and vibe, but will have you toe-tapping by its conclusion. Once you get passed the slashing Cylon attack synth line of "Tunnel Vision", there is a sugary pop centre.
The most unexpected track on the record is the 8 and a half minute long "Argentina". It's a bold move to kick off your album with a lengthy, multi-movement song that morphs musical styles multiple times as it reveals itself to the listener.
Forcefield is a fun, tight record that should help make the sunny spring days seem a little bit brighter and warmer. It's a solid seasonal soundtrack.
Best tracks: "Hot Tonight", "Toy Guns"
Track listing for Forcefield:
- Hot Tonight
- Gonna Be Ready
- Toy Guns
- Tunnel Vision
- Through the Wire
- Feel the Effect