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Young instrumental trio from Tokyo getting good responses with their sophisticated math-jazz, Sugita KOHEI (drums), Murakami KEITA (bass), and Soeda YUSUKI (guitar) are signed to John Zorn's Tzadik label and debuted 'Finery of the Storm' in 2006. A fine ensemble, MUDDY WORLD build upon riffs and rhythms with quiet relish and demonstrate a gentle balance of form and improvisation, Flamenco modalities, early surf rock, Brubeck, and hints of postrock mainstays as TORTOISE.

Both 'Finery of the Storm' and their 'Iron Ant' EP from 2004 are excellent and highly promising first entries and give us an internal kind of mathrock, true fusion with little regard to a market or audience, and very progressive.

-- Atavachron (David) --

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One of the best Math/Post bands to emerge in 2006.

Iron Ant, studio EP (2004)
Finery of the Storm, studio album (2006)

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 Finery of the Storm by MUDDY WORLD album cover Studio Album, 2006
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Finery of the Storm
Muddy World Post Rock/Math rock

Review by VanderGraafKommandöh
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4 stars The Japanese always have a unique way with music. They often take on a genre and warp into something slightly different.

Muddy World have done just this with Math Rock.

They have infused lots of Flamenco and Latin-American rhythms that are not present in the output of other Math Rock bands. They have also got a jazzy vibe going on too.

Finery of the Storm is an interesting debut album. Mostly instrumental (except for tracks such as Dewfall, Muddy Floor and Cut), it permeates and bubbles around the brain and never fails to dull the senses. It also has a groove! Much of their musical brethren sounds soulless and mechanical at times. I believe it is the panoply of styles that keep everything interesting. For such a young band, they also have a lot of talent. Sugita Kohei is especially impressive on the drums - being in a jazz style, rather than a rock one; therefore he shows some fine softer touches - whilst Soeda Yusuki's guitar playing is never too over-the-top. He often has a jazzy, flamenco tone too and does a lot of finger-picking. Murakami Keita, although not too dominant in the mix on bass, keeps the rhythm going throughout but also has his jazzy riffing moments as well. A very accomplished trio.

Stand-out tracks for me, are Lilac, Muddy Floor (especially some excellent bass- and drum-work here) and Granada. None of the tracks are bad though. All have their great moments. Indeed, Granada starts off much more post-rock in style (the symbols sounding much like waves lapping onto the beach) and then develops into a much heavier, jazzy tour-de-force, with jarring surf-guitar style. The last track ends on a nice subdued post-rock note and is an interesting way to end an album that is rather energetic at times. There is even often a bit of a King Crimson-esque edge sometimes.

The only slight down-side for me, is the use of vocals (in this case, in Japanese). It is not a personal gripe at the vocals themselves but rather, I just prefer my Math Rock as instrumental pieces. However, to give Muddy World credit, the vocals are mostly sung in non-math rock sections and not at all irritating. In fact, the vocalist has quite a delicate voice.

If you like this particular genre (including Post-Rock) and want something that bit different. Then I would definitely seek out Muddy World's Finery of the Storm, especially if you want something slightly less angular and jagged.

 Finery of the Storm by MUDDY WORLD album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.50 | 4 ratings

Finery of the Storm
Muddy World Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Atavachron
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars This modest trio out of Tokyo have tweaked the Math sound in ways their bigger counterparts have not and with John Zorn's helping hand and some nice packaging, their 2006 debut was a breakthrough release that did for Mathrock what The Clash's early records did for Punk, if not in sales then in spirit. Clearly influenced by the best of both Math and Post rock - the mazes of Don Cab and dreamy loops of Tortoise - guitarist Soeda Yusuke, drummer Sugita Kohei and bassist Murakami Keita are also steeped in the cool sounds of West Coast jazz, elevating the tedious and often abrasive math style without destroying its heart. The result was a ten cut CD that you could actually play for a friend without the distant look of impending horror this kind of stuff may cause.

'Iron Ant' introduces Muddy World's formula of solid riff construction with sudden rushes of improvisation, the guitar and bass trading places, almost imperceptibly vining around each other. The musicians dance together as much as they play their instruments and it's an approach taken throughout the session, even Yusuke's breathy bossa nova vocals and near-Surf guitar lines, the Brubeck swing in seven minute 'Lilac', and proud meeting of Tango and garage jazz-fusion for 'Fever'. 'Dewfall' is inward and gentle, growing in sophistication from a humble arpeggio into Ipaneman-tinged strangeness and is paired well with 'Muddy Floor', unsettled wanderings of 'Apollo', almost Grateful Dead-like jams in 'Granada' and slow death of 'Neon'.

A divergence in the Math movement and an attempt at legitimacy for a dirty little genre, Muddy World are digging a bit deeper into the calculus of rock.

Thanks to Atavachron for the artist addition.

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