Saturday, April 03, 2004

OOIOO Kila Kila Kila (Thrill Jockey) - Is Yoshimi P-We a household name yet? Didn't I see that adorable smile shilling Revlon on FOX a few days ago? I'm just having a little fun with Ms. We since she recently turned in a sweet cameo on The Flaming Lips last opus. I've seriously been infatuated with the woman ever since catching her amazing band (this one, not the other one) live in Austin a couple years ago. Kila Kila Kila is the Boredoms drummer's 4th album with her ethereal space/art punk unit--she sings and plays guitar here--and it's a regular kaleidoscope of abstract sound designs.

As with every OOIOO album I've heard, (and I've not heard 'em all), there's a schizophrenic, jerky tendency from the opening title track. Some keyboards and bass flutter and skronk beneath whispered vocals for just over a minute before the more dynamic, and quite breathtaking "Ene Soda": Bells shake beneath vibes. A lone guitar is plucked romantically before a thunderclap of noise blows everything apart and slowly reforms again, following the same pattern with slight variations for a good 4 and a half minutes. Things really start to smoke though with ten minute "Sizuki Ring Neng," starting with a destructed intro of stumbling random crashes, drones and obfuscating yelps before slowly building into a stiff funk/post punk jam on par with the Slits or A Simple Ratio, only this is OOIOO, which gives the whole mess its own enchanting charm. "On Mano" posits bass/drums against dulcet cello, where the more extensive "Northern Lights" has a bubbling prog sheen with cycling guitar masses and trancy synth drones. But it's the 15 min drone/noise serenity of "Aster" that truly delivers the meditative goods and proves that these ladies have lost none of their gift for expansive progidelic workouts with a strong Eastern edge. File alongside the Slits, Boredoms, Beefheart and my trembling heart. Simply beautiful, if not slightly inaccessible to your best emo pal.

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