Half JapaneseHalf Japanese are about to release their new album, Crazy Hearts, and, as a precursor, have released a new video for the song Undisputed Champions.

The video, made by singer and main songwriter Jad Fair, continues in the same vein as much of his previous visuals for the band’s recent output. The childlike inagery captures the swirling new wave/post-punk lo-fi asthetics of what the Fair has spent the last four decades honing. As with previous albums, his lyrical focus tends to fall into two catergories, monsters and love. Undisputed Champions falls squarely into the latter. Check out the video below.

The song follows the previously released video for Wonderous Wonder, one of the album highlights, and shows in spades just why the band were so influential in carving out the groove through which may bands have subsequently played. As with the majority of Fair’s work, the new album is a return of their detuned outsider pop that sees him wearing his heart on his sleeve and is full of their DIY ethos and art punk spirit, as always coupled with psych-tinged whip-smart observations. Our review of the album will drop soon, but for now, sit back and enjoy the video.

Crazy Hearts will be released on Fire Records on the 4th of December. It will be available on limited edition transparent blue vinyl and CD. It is available now on pre-order from Fire Records and also from Sister Ray.

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Words by Nathan Whittle. Find his Louder Than War archive here.

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Nathan has been writing for Louder Than War since 2012. Before that, he wrote for manchestermusic.co.uk. Now living in Spain, he also writes for the Spanish magazine Ruta 66.


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