noodles – Explorer Review

The best part of noodles’ Explorer is that it sounds both nostalgic and new at the same time. The female fronted vocals mix early alternative indie with solid rock. The 2010 release sounds like it came out in the late 1990s, but the delivery and arrangements of every song is great.

I’ve listened to some of noodles’ earlier works, some that I should review here, and they have always had a good evolution to their music, becoming synced together to create interesting music, even when it sounds simplistic.

With their long history, noodles is a band that needs to be recognized for helping shape Japanese indie by staying with their roots. The album was one that I missed in 2010, but it’s one of the best albums of the year.