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Frog V1 09:23
Frog V2 09:19
Frog V3 08:47
Frog V5 21:11


In recent years, Merzbow has garnered a great deal of attention for his various collaborations, including his work as 3RENSA with Duenn and Nyantora, and the release of an album with Alessandro Cortini, a former member of Nine Inch Nails. He has also released impressive solo works such as "Kaoscitron" and "Hyakki Echo", and has been developing his activities in a powerful way that could be called a new period of fulfillment in his career. The year 2019, the 40th anniversary of his activities, will open with the simultaneous release of two new albums, as if to symbolize the tension in production that has not diminished at all. "Kaerutope" is a word coined from "frog" and "biotope," meaning "frog habitat". The title is typical of Merzbow, who became a vegan in 2003 due to his growing interest in and sympathy for animal rights, and has since actively used animal motifs in the titles of his works and artwork. The bit-drop texture of the noise and the sampled edits of the instrumental sounds like "Hyakki Echo" run side by side, and at times, the noise like a muddy stream is made to sound like a scene description, which quietly shakes the impression of Merzbow that is attached to a specific sound or genre represented by inorganic harsh noise.

yorosz (aka Shuta Hiraki)


released June 25, 2021

All music by Masami Akita
Recorded & mixed at Munemihouse, Tokyo 2016-2018
Yasuyuki Nakamura (slowdown records) : A&R


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