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Omoide Hatoba



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4 stars (From PA blog "Japanese Progressive Rock presented by DamoX")

A great experimental Kraut-flavoured psychedelia under the fierce battle between Seiichi YAMAMOTO and Atsushi TSUYAMA - in OMOIDE HATOBA.

Just like an 'enjoyable' junk box this album is. Various 'gracious' and 'trashy' sounds are here - produced by two talented (but strange) players. From the beginning what a noisy hoot Splits is! Only eleven-second noise can open the curtain of the Vuoy stage. Following that, electronic goo-goo sounds and Seiichi's loud and echoic guitar solo take us into vacant Delayed Sky. Some rubbishy noises are comfortable rather than annoying, so mysteriously - this should be their eccentric power. (Indeed everyone says both Seiichi and Atsushi are seriously strange.) Scenes are frequently altered - heavy and danceable beats with nonsense electro-noises can let us palpitate aggressively in Mirage. Such a minimal electronika tastes Kraut-ish. Vuoy is one of masterpieces in this work, with thick musical aura and aurora. A sharp-edged violin solo is very spicy, and Seiichi's voices like spelling are very weird and hypnotic. Also as for Sugar Clip, another masterpiece and simultaneously the most poppy song in this album, we cannot understand what they are singing, but the obscure spelling with tricky scattered sound-dusts can kick us into Vuoychedelia. (By the way Seiichi's crazy appearance on the video clip of Sugar Clip is very laughable for watchers UNDOUBTEDLY!) Another salient characteristic I want to mention about is, they use various trashy stuffs for serious instruments and with these they can shoot various delightful sounds and noises in front of listeners. On the contrary, in the sixth track Rotary or the last one Figaro are only electronic percussive punches (and some overtones). Let me say, basically their musical attitude and movement could be taken over to Atsushi's next project SEIKAZOKU, where the members can play more flexible and less unitedly than in OMOIDE HATOBA.

Emphasize there's no work or product for us to enjoy such a dramatic sound variation - what an attractive junk box!

DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |


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