Released January 17, 2020
Experimental Rock, Post Rock, Avant Rock
Japanese noise rock has gotten pretty extreme lately. Of course, this band has been around since the 90s apparently, but the country has been releasing some mind bending rock music as of late so I thought I would give this bad boy a shot and I was pretty pleased. While it's not the most focused or direct album in the genre, OOIOO have truly invented their own way of doing things. The chaotic screaming of the intro literally gives me an anxiety attack every time I hear it. The girls blood curdling screams give me goosebumps. But of course that little intro leads us into the gltichy and dizzying rock slow burner, Nijimu whose drums are absolutely amazing. I love the wall of noise this band managed to create on this track as well as a sense of fun. The next song is another multifaceted adventurous rock track with schizophrenic drums, and playful guitar noise. The sudden cooldown moments are nice as well. OOIOO however tend to jam for a bit too long for my taste on many songs here. While this may seem like a fast paced record at first, there are plenty of moments in a handful of these songs that could definitely have been cut short like on the 11 minute track, as well as Tisou. However, there are some experimental risks that totally pan out like on Bulun which I will probably replay a lot. I commend this band for taking a lot of risks on this ambitiously fun and noisy album, even if some of the experiments and jams seem a bit unnecessary at times. Definitely a band to look out for in the future as they are veterans at this points and still sounding fresh as ever.
Favorite Tracks: Asozan5, Nijimu, Jibun, Bulun, Kawasemi Ah, Nijimusi
Least Favorite Tracks: Tisou