Top 20 Releases of 2013: No.20 – Glow and the Forest – Pheromone Chemicals

I wrote about this album back in September so check that out for a more detailed rundown, but to summarise, Pheromone Chemicals is a top notch indie rock album by an Anglo-American expat power trio with a knack for a melody and a keen intelligence in the way they go about constructing their music. Opening track Suspension Bridge is a relatively straightforward jangly indie rocker, while Banker is a short, plaintive tale with a bitter closing observation and closing track Aliens is a more complex but no less powerful beast. Glow and the Forest are a talented band with what seems to be instinctive songwriting ability, and for the last few years have been one of the hidden gems of the Tokyo indie scene.

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