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    Kazumoto Endo “While You Were Out” [Box Media]

    Singles collection from Kazumoto Endo released in 1999.
    I know KFJC’s own Nancy Reagan proclaims noise will be
    at the top of the pop charts in 100 years…but why
    wait? This is an album that is bursting with sound,
    from the first track that has a throbbing pulse under
    the metallic screech of train wheels grinding sparks
    out on tracks. A lot of the noise on this has that
    almost Godzilla like quality of shearing metal, and
    lest you think noise is just random sound, try to
    create such gorgeous tortured structures yourself.
    In noise, I’m a big fan of the chasm…the space
    between the sputtering…and Endo uses that well on
    this. Sometimes slipping some J-pop or disco ditty
    into those spaces, as if to contrast their week
    meekness with his arcing cathodes of sound. Those
    moments also hint of digital hardcore, but make no
    mistake, this is noise at its most extreme, most
    powerful and most glorious. Each time I’ve listened
    to this I am struck by the diversity of the din that
    Endo commands.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 29, 2005 at 2:27 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD,Format
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