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EIGHT/OOIOO

OOIOO

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

2.05 | 4 ratings

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Tapfret
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2 stars Not a favorite, but somehow enticing

Sub-genre: RIO/Avant-Prog (good fit)
For Fans of: Indie, Industrial, Experimental
Vocal Style: Multiple female, ranging from flat atonal to sweet melodic to punky screaming
Guitar Style: Dual guitars playing a variety of tinny 60's tones and psychedelic affectations
Keyboard Style: A few modulated square and saw waves here and there for mostly sound effects and ambience
Percussion Style: Sludgy modern rock set with various other percussion tools used in places
Bass Style: Heavy picked electric
Other Instruments: Various noise makers

Summary: The star of this all female band is Boredoms member Yoshimi P-we. The effort in OOIOO appears to be to stray away from the almost purely percussion base of Boredoms, a base that would be reacquainted in later albums. The songs on 8 are primarily very short, sluggish and simple. The album length itself comes in at under 35 minutes. The overall feel of the album is punky and industrial with the slightest hint of progressive adventurousness. The opener, 5oIo2 has an interesting syncopated talkback sequence that foreshadows future works, but is left out of much of the rest of this album. The songs OOIOO and Tease Her are the most enjoyable from the album.
8 is a good example of the growing pains often associated with offshoot bands. This is not a very enjoyable album, but is just titillating enough to warrant further listening. This titillation pays off big time in later OOIOO works. Later growth is exponential and it is readily apparent how that growth was derived from this album.

Final Score: This is a hard album to get into from a progressive point of view, and maybe from a music in general point of view. This album is uninteresting in the same respect that an unbloomed flower is uninteresting. The potential is very much there but hasn't been realized.
2 stars, for fans only. even future fans, if that makes any sense.

Tapfret | 2/5 |

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