Friday, March 23, 2012

Streaming for Vengeance: Yamantaka, Sonic Titan

My rock companion Jesse recently turned me on to Yamantaka and their new album, Sonic Titan. The band's web site describes them as "a psychedelic noh-wave opera group fusing noise, metal, pop and folk music into a multidisciplinary hyper-orientalist cesspool of 'east' meets 'west' culture clash in giant monochrome paper sets."

I'm hearing a good Japanese horror movie soundtrack performed by the art school children of Goblin, Sonic Youth and the Deftones. Songs like "Queens" and "Hoshi Neko" drape their melodies in reverb for results that are as creepy and childlike as a Henry Darger painting. Delicate vocals complement an organ and raw industrial beats that ooze into Stooges-worthy meltdowns. The producer deserves an Oscar, but not a Grammy.

Reportedly Yamantaka blew away their audience at the Jeff Mangum-curated All Tomorrow's Parties, but other than that I can't dig up much on them. Maybe that's for the best.

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