Half Japanese return with another thrilling ride into unknown charters encountering beasts, celebrities, and menaces on new album ‘Crazy Hearts’ out today on Fire Records.
A philosophical psych-tinged journey, these whip-smart observations are uplifting with life-affirming sentiments. Half Japanese deliver another well-wrought album with their usual DIY ethos and art punk spirit at its core, all whilst wearing Jad’s heart firmly on its sleeve.
Listen to the full album via new music video animations by Jad Fair and Claus Frøhlich here:
‘Crazy Hearts’ is out now on transparent turquoise vinyl and CD.
Album includes artwork from American illustrator and cartoonist, Gary Panter and reverse artwork from David Fair.
“Bittersweet pop songs are order of the day, gently psychedelicised.” ★★★★
“More slick balladry and effervescent power pop, shot through with the off kilter enthusiasm and motivational pleasantries we so love from them.” ★★★★½ Music OMH
“As vibrant and essential as ever” ★★★★½ Louder Than War
“Fair’s self-defined genre is agitated, post-punk pop inspired by cartoon culture, sci-fi, zombie (Late at Night here), anxious love and strange visions.. a pop heart beats strongly here.” Elsewhere
“’Wondrous Wonder’ captures the cosmos through a child-like sense of wonder and adventure” MXDWN
“Un grand cru” ★★★★ Soul-Kitchen
“Le savoir-faire, chez Fair and Co, n’a pas pris une ride et n’est pas un vain mot. On n’y trouve rien à redire” Muzzart
“Hipnoticas melodias” Ruta 66
“Digno de celebración” ★★★★½ Rock & Roll Army
“Lo spirito art punk è vivissimo (…) Incorruttibili.” Billboard
“Indistruttibili, inossidabili” Blow Up
“Una nuova maturita” ★★★★ Classic Rock