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Scattered Purgatory

Lost Ethnography Of The Miscanthus Ocean

    Formed in Taipei, Taiwan in 2013 and comprised of members Lu Li-Yang and Lu Jiachi, Scattered Purgatory is a name derived from a Taoist ritual which expiates the souls of the innocent from a state in between life and death and then at last, release.

    They owe as much to krautrock influences Popol Vuh and Cluster as to SPK, Taj Mahal Travellers and Sunn O))).

    Taipei, the basin city of dense population and humidity, has immeasurably inspired their music. If an analogy were used to describe the duo’s sound it would be the equivalent of the massive use of long shots in Taiwan’s 1980s wave of new cinema. Scattered Purgatory employs a similar approach with an oriental narration, geographically and spiritually.

    “Lost Ethnography of the Miscanthus Ocean” contains six of their earlier works from 2013 to early 2014.

    The original release was on cassette from Guruguru Brain which was sold out in less than a month. There is a new added track on Side D2. 'Miscanthus Ocean' only for the LP version.

    The album is dedicated to Grass Mountain and the incredibly hot, humid summertime in Taipei. This is also the echo of their instrumental trio period before they move on to digital composing.

    “Forged from the same clouded waters that sprang Popul Vuh, Ash Ra Temple and Cluster. The album works with atmosphere as its medium, building tension through a massive cavern of sound that feels as if its sprung up slowly on all sides. The listener is trapped in glacial ice and moved with an inching dread towards fates unknown “ Raven Sings The Blues review of Sua-Hiam-Zun.


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    2xColoured LP Info: Gatefold double gold vinyl.

    Minami Deutsch

    With Dim Light

      Minami Deutsch is back at it again with their latest LP …. Whilst softening their sound and cushioning the blow, you can expect a more profound diversity in their sound, whilst retaining the principle ingredients that make Minami Deutsch so great such as their signature fuzz, thumping bass and dream like vocals. There is a heavier experimentation in regards to genre exploration.

      With hints of post punk and nods to late 60s psychedelic rock, this shows that Minami Deutsch is willing to push musical boundaries further whilst retaining a clever songwriting ability to achieve this album. Sounds like, Agitation Free, Manuel Göttsching, mid-era CAN.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Somehow occupying the lesser travelled space between sludgey psychedelia and rhythmic Krautrock, Minami Deutsch manage to make their experimental twists and turns come out in a way that feels both surprising but completely cohesive. Brilliantly hazy summertime anthems and superbly experimental madness.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Kikagaku Moyo

      Kikagaku Moyo

        The name means GEOMETRIC PATTERNS in Japanese. This Tokyo band started channeling the spirits of the Japanese psychedelic underground in the summer of 2012, quickly developing the sound of ‘60s psychedelia to a breathtaking degree. Their debut album exerts an elemental power. Enlivening their sound with sitars, percussive drums, theremins, wind instruments and ethereal vocals, the band manages to sound powerfully spacious and lazily serene all at once. Their songs can be light as air, or heavy as earth. Many evolve out of intense experiences of engagement with the natural world. The album’s first track, “Can You Imagine Nothing?” was written over a night spent jamming on a suspended footbridge in remote mountains.

        As the song progressed the bridge began to sway, making band members feel as though they were floating weightless in midair. Kikagaku Moyo started in the summer of 2012 busking on the streets of Tokyo. Though the band started as a free musiccollective, it quickly evolved into a tight group of multiinstrumentalists. Kikagaku Moyo call their sound psychedelicic because it encompasses a broad spectrum of influence. Their music incorporates elements of classical Indian music, Krautrock, Traditional Folk, and 70s Rock. Most importantly their music is about freedom of the mind and body and building a bridge between the supernatural and the present. Improvisation is a key element to their sound.

        Minami Deutsch

        Minami Deutsch

          Minami Deutsch’s debut album is sated with an absolute love toward Krautrock and the driving Motorik beat. Minami Deutsch was formed by Kyotaro Miula (guitar, vocals, synthesizer) in Tokyo in 2014. Their sound is influenced by both their love for Krautrock legends such as Can and Neu!, and the band members being self-professed "repetition freaks" who heavily listen to minimal techno.

          The music proceeds straightforwardly with the Motorik beat (Hammer beat), devised by Klaus Dinger (Kraftwerk, Neu!), as its central axis. Humorous, yet bizarre Japanese lyrics are whispered over a hard, cold beat that is maniacally repeated, creating a pleasant ambience of electronic pulses drifting in space. Sharp guitar tones reminiscent of Michael Karoli (Can) occasionally explode into fuzz distortion, on the verge of collapse.


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