The Merzbow Archive series by Slowdown Records, which has released twelve editions so far, enters its thirteenth edition. This edition consists of recordings made between 2011 and 2012. The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred around this time, and Merzbow responded by releasing "Dead Zone" on the Ukrainian label Quasi Pop Records in 2011, which deals with radioactive contamination from the Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear accidents. Other early creative responses to the situation include a photo of the Nagasawa Water Treatment Plant used on the cover of "UZU ME KU" (Samboy Get Help! Recordings, 2012), which shows a pillar cracked by the disaster. His trilogy of works on the theme of "sacred cows," "Kamadhenu," "Surabhi," and "Gomata," which was commissioned by Hypnagogia, continued the theme of animal rights, but gradually attempts are being made to move to non-direct animal rights themes such as "Lop Lop" (Rustblade, 2011) and later "Konchuuki" (Essence Music, 2015). In addition, in terms of equipment, there has been the introduction of new, smaller oscillator synths, drone machines, and miniature kotos, which characterize the sound very strongly.
This album, "Gman+", is a compilation of some of the most valuable material that was released in a limited form during this period. The first and second tracks are from the cassette "Gman/HJYUGTF2" (Midnight Sea Records), which was released in 2012 in a limited number of copies. The third track, "Hakutouwashi", is from the special edition CDR of the 2011 album "Lop Lop". The fourth track "Lop 13" is from the special edition CDR of "Konchuuki". The first three tracks are a mixture of drumming and intense noise, with the first and second tracks in particular having been released as stand-alone works, giving them a sense of unity. The fourth track has a unique texture using small oscillator synths and drone machines, which is unique to this period, and shows a lot of changes in performance while using a lot of drone-like sounds.
yorosz(aka Shuta Hiraki)
released July 25, 2022
All Music by Masami Akita
Recorded & Mixed at Munemihouse, 2012.
Remastered, January 2021.
Mastered at Kentaro Hayashi, Osaka, Japan.
Yasuyuki Nakamura (slowdown records) : A&R
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