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, "Yoshinotsune Metamo", was recorded in the studio as a rehearsal for outdoor rave Metamorphose 2003. It was recorded in relation to the 2004 album "Yoshinotsune" (Clu Clux Clam, Canada), hence the word "Yoshinotsune" in the title. The song made using analog equipment, "Abhunter" is also performed in a new arrangement. Perhaps because it was recorded for an outdoor rave, there are always repetitive rhythms or periodic shaking sounds throughout the nearly one-hour recording, and the entire performance can be listened to while feeling some kind of rhythm. The repetitive sounds of Merzbow's performances have been used in some form in many of his works since the 1990s, but as his entered the age of computers and released works that emphasized rhythm, such as "Merzbeat," his interest in repetition and rhythmic motion has more increased in his creative history. The musicality of this work and the appearances at outdoor raves can be said to be naturally linked to such creative trends. "Yoshinotsune Metamo" is an important work that allows us to listen to the characteristics of Merzbow at this point in time, as he have gradually changed their style over the course of many releases.
yorosz(aka Shuta Hiraki)
released December 10, 2021
Composed, Mixed, Performed by – Masami Akita
Recorded & Mixed at Bedroom, Tokyo Sep 2003
Remastered at Munemihouse, Tokyo 2020
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