Japanese trio Nisennenmondai
(bassist Yuri Zaikawa, guitarist Masako Takada, drummer Sayaka Himeno),
who had already released Rokuon (2006),
dedicated some of the instrumentals of Neji/Tori (2008) to the
Sonic Youth and
Pop Group is actually a stormy inspired by
psychedelic freak-outs, prog-rock jamming and no-wave dissonance.
This Heat is a jazzy improvisation led by a hysterical guitar tuned
to emit shrill metallic tones.
The brief Sonic Youth is a pounding crescendo somewhere between
Deep Purple and
The dialogue between bass and guitar is explosive in
Ikkkyokume, with the guitar suddenly taking off with a delirious
ultra-distorted solo and then landing with a scorching repetitive riff.
A stubborn Neu-like motorik rhythm propels
Kyuukohan until the chaotic and volcanic finale.
Ikkkyokume mutates from a percussive maelstrom into a guitar
bacchanal halfway between a Jimi Hendrix jam
and the intro of
Pere Ubu's terrifying "modern dances".
By covering hard rock, free jazz, prog-rock, new wave, no wave and acid rock, the trio
realized a synthesis of sorts of Japan's atonal music.
The mini-album Destination Tokyo (Bijin, 2008 - Smalltown Supersound, 2009) was mostly devoted to colorful
essays in minimalist repetition:
the 13-minute Souzousuru Neji (also known as Ijen Urusuozuos),
Disco, a neurotic limping fanfare that slowly becomes a parody
the nine-minute Destination Tokyo, a tribute of sorts to
Neu-like motorik rhythm and to
and especially the 12-minute Mirrorball, whose repetitive pattern
evolves and twists coming close to crossbreeding
Terry Riley's In C and the
Love Of Life Orchestra's Heartbreak.
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