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Nisennenmondai Neji/Tori

  • Words: Chris Sabbath
  • Label: Smalltown Supersound
  • XLR8R Rating: 8.5/10

The three mighty ladies of Nisennenmondai might have been the best-kept secret of Japanese noise-rock for the last 10 years, but this gem of a debut outside their native country will spark an avalanche of gossip soon enough. “This Heat” and “Sonic Youth” flirt with steady Krautrock tempos of scorched, worming bass and pinging Japanese drums while DNA guitars and a slew of processed, rubbery effects clang and echo throughout. It’s an unpredictable listen–a droning rhythm expires; a female voice squawks; a pulverizing round of fried amp fuzz and stop-start blast beats follow suit. Brutal and progressive in its execution, this album is one colossal giant of beautiful sound that needs to be absorbed and felt.

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