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Gold & Green [JP-Import] [Import]

Ooioo Audio CD
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OOIOO, led by Yoshimi P-We of the Boredoms, has always cultivated its own intense musical language that is 100% OOIOO. 4 years of work went into to making Galmel, their bold new album inspired by ancient Javanese style of gamelan, which has recently attracted attention for its healing powers. The introduction of this traditional form transformed the group into a super tribe, one-stepping the ... Read more in Amazon's Ooioo Store

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  • Audio CD (6 Sep 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B00005HKMJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

1. Moss Trumpeter
2. Tune
3. Grow Sound Tree
4. Mountain Book
5. I'm a Song
6. Fossil
7. Ina
8. Unu
9. Idbi
10. Emeraldragonfly
11. Return to Now!!!

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return to NOW 9 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
What a fantastic discovery. It is easy to see why the Flaming Lips should dedicate a whole album to Yoshimi P-We, one half of Japanese space rockers The Boredoms and ringleader of OOIOO. What they share with the Lips is a wonderous innocence and awe-struck playfulness, creating experimental music that is neither pretentious or cerebral. Rather, this is a joyous trip that consistently surprises with its seemingly effortless innovations. Considering that this was originally released in Japan in 2000 - it makes a mockery of what has been made by comparative artists since (from Mogwai to Godspeed to Out Hud). It makes Future Sound of London's Amorphous Androginous seem like a blatant and incompetent rip-off. Imagine Pipers at the Gates of Dawn reimagined by Animal Collective if they comprised Japanese women. Opener 'Moss Trumpet' is something of a false start, a nice ditty comprising some soft, tribal drumming and a relatively mornful trumpet line, while 'Te Ku Te Ku Tune' is similarly low-key in its swirling ambience. Then 'Grow Sound Tree' kicks off: six minutes of mutant space rock with unintelligible vocal manipulations and a propulsive rythmn section. Then the rulebook gets thrown out of the window: 'Mountain Book' swells from deliriously childlike melodies into a highly original psychedelic squall, while 'I'm a Song' is acid funk in the mould of Out Hud but with a purposefulness and vivacity that they sometimes lack. The other major highlight is the singular 'Emeraldragonfly', which adds what sounds like Shirely Basset singing in an empty ballroom over a spacious dubby jam. Although there are some throwaway moments, this comes highly recommended. This is prog rock without the arch, po-faced pretentions, prog rock with funk and jazz undertones and a dazzling pop sensibility. Even, better, there is at least three other OOIOO albums to explore and I haven't even listened to The Boredoms yet.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The side project of Yoshimi P-We, the drummer of Japanese band The Boredoms and muse for The Flaming Lips album “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots”, Ooioo( It’s pronounced Oh-oh-eye-oh-oh I’m reliably informed) have produced quite possibly the most wildly experimental album released this year. Not that I’m given to listening to wildly experimental music a lot, it’s just that I can’t envisage anything else quite so bonkers being conceived. I’m probably wrong on that score as some pedant will no doubt prove but what did I expect. The Boredoms hardly classify as easy listening and Yoshimi has also worked with Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth who also knows how to fracture and coagulate a song or two. I guess experimentation , like yucky burgers at McDonalds and rubbish telly on Channel Four was always going to be on the menu.
Actually in saying it was released this year I told a small untruth as Green and Gold was originally released in 2000 but only in Japan. Now it’s out over here but I’m really not sure if that’s a good thing or not. Or that I should be recommending you buy, or even borrow a copy to listen to it. It’s that sort of album. Some of it is inspired, bits of it infuriating, the odd track just plain good old fashioned rubbish. But more so than most other albums. Does that clear it up? Gold and Green fuses the free form elements of jazz but also the more linear arrangements of dance and ambient to create songs that seem to ramble via Yoshimis yelping high range vocals with rolling rhythmic percussion and expansive instrumentation. Sometimes the songs stick to this formula for the duration like on “Moss Trumpeter”.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a hurricane smashing a poodles face with a brick 27 Jun 2002
By Puya - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you like any sort of left field music this album is a must have. It touches on numerous different styles and mixes them in odd but pleaseing ways. OOIOO's previous albums are both fantastic but this surpasses them both, both soothing and stimulating at once and no duff tracks to harsh you ....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous and colourful 12 July 2008
By M. Markovic - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Gold and Green is definitely one of the high points of this Boredoms side project. Yoshimi plays an amazing array of instruments throughout this record. The dense layering and repetition on some songs is almost trance inducing. There is a mountain top freshness to this disc, despite the heavy fug created on some tracks. There is a feeling of optimism and achievement along with the audible pleasure of experimenting while creating joiyful, accessible music celebrating nature and sound. If you're new to OOIOO, start with this record and work outwards. And if you haven't yet, check out Boredoms' monumental Vision Creation Newsun also. Green and Gold works as a nice companion piece to VCN.
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