Influences for Taiwanese quartet Manic Sheep might already be obvious to those already familiar with their gauzy sound. However, for their sophomore record, the Taipei-based dreamers wanted to pay homage to the city their heroes call home. Brooklyn. Deviating slightly from their bright and jagged debut, this record is more of a granular sound for the band, redirecting angst into pixieish dream pop.
Led by a steadfast beat, “Tropical Fish” dreamy elixir is constantly in build-up mode and seldom hits a zenith. A soft alarm for a smokey morning, the track is inundated with a lavish wall of spritely jangle and brooding rhythm. Throughout, glimmering fragments drift in and out of focus with echo-y jitters that feel dancey yet serene.
Cereal Pairing: Froot Loops with marshmallows