Japan's Clams must surely be one of shoegaze's best-kept secrets. Formed in Osaka in 2001, the band released (as far as I can ascertain) just two studio albums - their eponymously titled debut, and its 2003 follow-up, Sakura River, a small but beautifully formed mini-album.
Boasting a rare ability to blend the energy of pop with the fuzz and growl of punk, Clams stand out as one of Japan's leading lights of the dream-pop genre. One minute psychedelic, the next saccharine sweet, the group's recordings rarely offer any fillers, in what was a brief but brilliant career.
But don't take my word for it. Click on the YouTube link, below, to hear their uproarious masterpiece 'P-NUT BUTTER irony' in all its glory. File under loud.
Rather fabulously, this track is also available for free download via those kind folks at Last FM. To obtain your copy, take your fat, greedy hands to the Clams homepage on the site.