The market development team at Discontinuous Innovation Inc. have pre-approved the following vinyl disc for market testing across consumer audiences. 13 tracks played at a feverish pace for maximum efficiency. Since adding Toyota Avalon on synth, Toyota's sound has (d)evolved further to hit all the hot industry selling points, exotica, lounge, pop, devo-worship, accidental Primus nods? A record certain to sell for top collector dollars $$$$$$. Jackets hand stamped for maximum fucking profitability.
Our take: After a flexi and a bunch of cassettes on Discontinuous Innovation, Inc. (who also brought us releases from Wonder Bread, Erik Nervous, Acrylics, Landline, and many more) here’s the proper vinyl debut from Toyota. While I hope that the term “Devo-Core” never catches on, you could do a lot worse than that in describing Toyota’s sound. Like certain Devo tracks, Toyota's music is tightly wound, with lots of unintuitive time signatures that highlight the robotic precision of the playing. Far more than just ripping off Devo, Toyota take the sound to its logical limits. While I doubt it’s an influence, the sound reminds me of the Japanese band Polysics. It’s so quirky, inhuman, and dense with ideas that the record can overwhelm on first listen, but if you’re looking for the perfect soundtrack to downing a quintuple espresso, this is it. They slow things down a hair for a few tracks on the b-side, and these are my favorite moments on the record. When they back off the manic tempos a hair and find the groove the catchiness in these songs comes out. Toyota has demonstrated their ability to play top-notch spazz punk, but they’re already dropping hints they have more tricks up their sleeve.