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SEIKAZOKU were formed accidentally in June 1996 by three renowned Japanese progressive artists - Atsushi TSUYAMA (bass, saz, voices; ex-Omoide Hatoba, Acid Mothers Temple), Makoto KAWABATA (guitar, violin, synthesizer; ex-Acid Mothers Temple, Floating Flower), and Tatsuya YOSHIDA (drums, percussion, oboe; ex-Ruins, Korekyojin, Koenjihyakkei, The Magaibutsu). Without any notice they appeared on the stage of Nishioji Kumin Centre in Tokyo and scattered an extremely improvised play around there, which was recorded and released as 'Outtakes '66~'78 in 1998. In their second album 'Warsaw Joyaku (Treaty Of Warsaw)', released in 1999, they pushed improvisation and progressiveness more aggressively with their incomparable talent and essence for psychedelic progressive rock, heavy rock, Krautrock, and Raga rock. This album is highly appreciated by lots of psych-Kraut-avant progressive rock fans all over the world. Even now, we can come across SEIKAZOKU somewhere occasionally, with extremely alternative, eccentric sound and style.

: : : Keishiro Maki, JAPAN : : :

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2.00 | 3 ratings
Out Takes '66~'78
3.80 | 6 ratings
Warsaw Joyaku

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2.00 | 2 ratings
Live In Japan

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 Warsaw Joyaku by SEIKAZOKU album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.80 | 6 ratings

Warsaw Joyaku
Seikazoku Krautrock

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams

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

Come on and say, everyone, "Mamma mia!"

Upon my first listening to this album, it was so surprising almost unclassified 'sound magma' could be blown out from their inner space. Although each of them played as he wanted to do, the sounds can be well harmonized and bear some comfort for the audience - even Makoto's violin like a noise of a saw (sorry), or Atsushi's Indo-voices like an elephant's growling (sorry again). At any rate, the key instruments should be all - Oriental drums & percussion sounds, down-tempo dancing bass ones, dry violin noises, aggressive and violent guitar solo by Speed Guru, etc. etc. pop in suddenly and disappear by turns. Naturally, here come lots of scenes with the essence of Kraut, psych, spacey, heavy, Indo-Raga...absolutely overflowing. Here are too many many elements to be categorized into an apparent subgenre easily. Hmm, however wait, wonder if there's a sharing of musical styles between them? For example, Tatsuya and Atsushi should play with Indo-Raga and avantgarde style, and on the contrary, Makoto with heavily psychedelic one...? Joking aside, their plays and sounds are very rich and very spiritualized to let us audience get remarkably rich imagination. Wonderfully, we can hear various sound colours in the album; a part sounds like King Crimson's dry guitar and violin blended in 'Starless And Bible Black', or another sounds like a crazy synth noise in Alberto Ginastera's 'Toccata'...very interesting and fantastic. And trust me, the most enjoyable and pleasant persons around this album should be SEIKAZOKU themselves I wanna say. Namely, the extremely perfect and ideal improvised battles they can show to us. (Oh, anyway, the titles of the songs we cannot understand at all!)

The more times you listen to this album, the more you can be addicted by SEIKAZOKU. Highly guaranteed!

Thanks to Philippe Blache for the artist addition.

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