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CHAI announce self-titled new album

The Japanese quartet’s new album is due for release this September.

Japanese quartet CHAI have announced details of their self-titled new album, which is due for release this September.

Their latest record - which will be ten tracks in length and was recorded during days off from touring in Los Angeles, New York and Mexico - will follow on from 2021’s ‘WINK’, and is set for release on 22nd September via Sub Pop.

Explaining why the band decided to self-title the record, the band’s vocalist/keyboardist Mana has said: “Everything reflected in the lyrics expresses our experience as Japanese women.”

Today, the band have also shared the first preview of their new album in the form of ‘PARA PARA’. “There’s not a deep meaning to that song, it’s really just about the dance,” Mana has said, of the track. “As long as you can feel the two-step, any dance is possible! Let your body just move to your dancing heart ♡ When your body moves to the beat of your heart, you’ll realize that the world is smaller than you think, and all your problems are easier than they seem. ‘Cause two-step and music is the best way to communicate in this world ♡ Let it START! CHAI’s two-step dance music ☆☆”

Check out the tracklisting and listen to ‘PARA PARA’ below.

1. MATCHA
2. From 1992
3. PARA PARA
4. GAME
5. We The Female!
6. Neo Kawaii,K?
7. I Can’t Organize
8. Driving22
9. Like, I Need
10. KARAOKE

The band also have a host of live shows coming up - check out their upcoming dates below.

SEPTEMBER
23 Boise, ID @ Flipside Festival
24 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
25 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
27 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
20 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom

OCTOBER
02 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
04 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
06 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
08 Boston, MA @ Crystal Ballroom
10 Washington, DC @ Union Stage
11 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
13 Mexico City, MEX @ Indie Rocks!

NOVEMBER
01 Berlin, DE @ Pitchfork Music Festival Berlin
03 Paris, FR @ Badaboum
05 Amsterdam, NL @ Tolhuis (Paradiso Noord)
06 Brussels, BE @ Botanique – The Rotonde
08 Southampton, UK @ Heartbreakers
09 Brighton, UK @ Patterns
10 London, UK @ Pitchfork Music Festival
12 Manchester, UK @ Yes (Pink Room)
13 Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
15 Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
16 Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade

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