Here's what people are saying about Shumai:
|"A must listen for those who are fed up with the New Pornographers"
"The whole feel of the record is that of a D.I.Y. pop adventure, of sunny days, of optimism and hope. Not so much of confidence, but definitely of self belief.
I'd say get it, it'll make the long winter nights seem like summer, it'll make them much more bearable."
"It's bullshit/I mean it/they cut off the cable/I know it was stealing/but hey man they left it on," Shumai's lead vocalist sings at the start of their album Tastes Like Summer; she has a pretty voice and sings in a sly, kind of distant but quietly forceful way that somehow sounds like she's kidding around and being totally serious. Behind her voice the song has classic-pop handclaps, 90s indie rock guitars, and a playful bounce, not to mention a low-key catchy melody. They don't take themselves too seriously - check out song titles like "$18 Rubber Pants" and "Dog Lipstick" - but their songs aren't frivolous either. On song after song, Tastes Like Summer is as charming as indie-pop albums come, with infectious hooks and a fetching sound - sweet but with a touch of melancholy and a light tilt towards rock n' roll. Don't set this one aside until summer, it'll be a nice soundtrack to your days no matter the season.
It just doesn't get more jingly jangly than this indie rock
"Alweer een berichtje hier, want ik ga (alweer) een lang weekend weg,
dus moet ik je als bezoeker toch een paar dagen bezig houden, nietwaar.
Met Shumai bijvoorbeeld, een leuk jong indiepoprockbandje op wier website
je een drietal mp3's kan beluisteren."
"And now time for some jingle-janglepop from Boston...