The Merzbow Archive series by Slowdown Records, which has released eight editions so far, enters its ninth edition. This edition contains unreleased material from 2001 to 2003. From 1999 to the mid-00's, the computer became the main tool in Merzbow's production, and from 2001~2003, this method of production led to such notable works as "Dharma" (Double H Noise Industries, 2001), "Merzbeat" (Important Records, 2002), and "A Taste Of..." (Mego, 2002).
This album, "3rd Of May Vol.2", was recorded on May 3, 2003. May 2003 was the time when "Cycle" (Very Friendly, 2003), "Merzbird" (Important Records, 2004), and "Tamago" (Plan-DX17, 2004) were being recorded. As in "3rd Of May Vol.1", there are moments in this work that give a similar impression to "Tamago", such as the use of drum-like sounds. However, in this work, compared to Vol. 1, various repetitive sounds spend more time in our ears, and the drum-like sound has a strong impression of being one of the variations of multiple repetitive sounds. Also, the way the performance samples with a beat are abstracted by extreme effects is characteristic. While there are elements in common with "3rd Of May Vol.1", they are used in a different way, showing the search for a new style and trial and error.
yorosz(aka Shuta Hiraki)
released December 10, 2021
Composed, Mixed, Performed by – Masami Akita
Recorded & Mixed at Bedroom, Tokyo May 2003
Remastered at Munemihouse, Tokyo 2020
Artwork [Cover Art By] – MA
Mastered at Kentaro Hayashi, Osaka, Japan.
Yasuyuki Nakamura (slowdown records) : A&R
Culled from unreleased recordings from her recent "Light Sleep" and "Voice Hardcore" releases, Hiromi Moritani's latest showcases the softer, less harrowing side of Phew’s sound Bandcamp Album of the Day Sep 2, 2020