Taiwan’s Touming Magazine plays chipper indie punk reminiscent of Japan’s Four Tomorrow, Shinobu, and Aye Nako. The shimmering guitars are interwoven with sudden bursts of jaggedness, but the understated vocals keep the pop melodies from becoming cloying. “Touming Magazine FOREVER” is a feel-good hit in which “We are forever young!” is chanted like a PMA mantra. It’s the type of song to start your morning right. “Sexual Hell” opens with angular Pavement-esque noise then sprawls into a lush dance chorus. My only ding is that there’s no lyric sheet; I want to know why this hell is sexual in nature. Recommended.
–Sean Arenas (Phat ‘n’ Phunky)