Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Asian Women on the Telephone – Bolshoi (2016)

  • Krautrock 
  • Experimental rock 
  • Avant-rock 
  • Art rock 
  • Electronic music 
  • Psychedelic 
  • Freeformfreakout 
  • Avant-prog 
  • RIO 
  • Leftfield 
  • Free jazz 
  • Synth-rock

Comment: the Russian AWOTT`s album Bolshoi does mean literally “big”/”huge” in Russian. I am trying to figure out which sort of references it could have more concretely. Firstly, Bolshoi is big by its manners though its manners are not bombastic at all in the way it were provided by Queen, and Meat Loaf, for instance. AWOTT`s pursuit is to undermine cultural and musical conventions and therefore go to an other side. With regard to the other side, which was primarily set out in the 60s and 70s by such juggernauts as Miles Davis, Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, and an array of krautrock combos. From there come the main attributes of this enchanting 6-notch issue – motorik repeating and spacey jamming and incessant formation of new audible shapes as if having dwelling place inside the tube of a kaleidoscope. At times the compositions sound as if being buzzed and heavily out of balance or those minutiae are heavily exaggerated. That’s very cool. They take peripheral sonic elements to cook something more tangible and enjoyable. Given that it could be admitted Oblipy to be the most poppy song on the album though being far away from conventional understanding of pop music. All of that is wrapped up in a psychedelic curtain, which in turn is spiked with the smithereens of jazz, electronic music, krautrock, subconscious irrationality and stoned logic. The favourite of mine is Raman Abkhishek of which latter part chimes exactly as a tribute to Damo Suzuki, and CAN`s Tago Mago. More profoundly, neurotic singing of females with distinctive Japanese recitation, intensely iterative rhythms and occult synths used to make sense. In one track the members of the combo either abandon human being related headstalls or being diagnosed with a lycanthropic disease to repeat in Russian with great joy they are animals, you are an animal. Ultimately it could be said this is one of the best issues I have heard in the year of 2016. You have to be warned – be ready to get freaked out. Obviously it is a game over your head even experiencing it after a couple of listening times.                    
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