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Sugamo Flower

by Merzbow

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AX30 14:26


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 "Sugamo Flower" contains two performances recorded in 2011. This performance was used as part of the material for the song "Sugamo Flower Festival" on Merzbow and Actuary's split LP "Freak Hallucinations" released in 2012. Both songs again use the Korg AX30 multi-effect pedal that he used in the 1990s. Merzbow's signature strongly distorted noises and freaky ups and downs are also used, but the sustained and subtly pulsating sounds of oscillators and drone machines with complex overtones are just as strong. The contrast between the machinic drones and pulsating sounds in the first track and the sandstorm-like noise and blunt grooving sounds in the second track is improvisational.

yorosz(aka Shuta Hiraki)


released June 30, 2022

All Music by Masami Akita
Recorded & Mixed at Munemihouse, 2011.
Remastered, January 2021.
Mastered at Kentaro Hayashi, Osaka, Japan.
Yasuyuki Nakamura (slowdown records) : A&R


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