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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Japanese masterpiece,
This review is from: Vision Creation Newsun (Audio CD)This is my first Boredoms purchase, and though it's not what I expected it's gone straight into my all-time favourites list -- alongside Acid Mothers Temple, Xinlisupreme, Merzbow, Masonna, Fushitsusha, Cornelius ... just what are they on in Japan?!
I expected something noisy, spiky and fragmented from Boredoms; maybe that's the case with their earlier recordings, but 'Vision Creation Newsun' is a wonderfully focussed and streamlined record. Frenetic tribal percussion underpins blissful electronics, psychedelic rock riffs and transcendental chants. The first half dozen tracks feel like a single journey through various environments and elements -- fire, ice, sea, deep space -- growing gradually more subtle and contemplative. Track 3 could be Can, track 4 Hawkwind, except that neither ever made music that sounded this confident and positive. The later arrangements are simply beautiful progressive electro-acoustic pop of the sort found on Cornelius's 'Point', although a little more ecstatic. Like Cornelius, and so many other Japanese musicians, Boredoms seem to have an instinctive understanding of tension and release, dynamics, and the importance of empty space.
Considering that in one of his previous bands, Hanatarashi, Yamataka Eye used to cut up dead cats with an electric saw on stage, this current Boredoms outfit is a completely uplifting experience. Even the most raucous sections feel like a celebration of human potential and of the act of creation.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jangling Japanese Jaunt,
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This review is from: Vision Creation Newsun (Audio CD)With 2001 upon us the first space oddity of the year sounds like an early 70's fusion of Pink Floyd and Tangerine Dream (or a handful of acid-fuelled hippies making bizarre noises with home-made electronics). It features hardly anything in the way of discernible song structure or lyrics.
Explosions, guitars, bangs, clattering metal noises, screeches, howls and whistles all crash together to make for a big old beautiful, blazing racket. This is not just noise for noise's sake though; a criticism that's often been laid at Boredoms' door.
Led by the whispers and shrieks of frontman Yamataka Eye and driven by the machine-like percussive skills of Yoshimi P-we, 'Vision Creation Newsun' is a throbbing, swirling psychedelic opus.
Quite simply, the latest album by this notoriously unlistenable Japanese noise outfit is one of the most extraordinary records you'll hear all year. After more than ten years the Boredoms have made their most accomplished album to date.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Space Rock with the Boredoms,
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This review is from: Vision Creation Newsun (Audio CD)The Boredoms must have been listening to fellow Japanese band Ghost or are mellowing with age. Take their noise of old and combine it with Space Rock, Hawkwind circa '72 or Cope more recently, and this is what you get. Still full-on by mosts standards but utterly listenable. A most pleasant surprise
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bboorre!!!,
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This review is from: Vision Creation Newsun (Audio CD)Purchased this 2 weeks ago, out of curiousity - the Boredoms had been tenuously linked with the extreme metal scene (lead singer Eye had appeared on a Brutal Truth track & a grind project of John Zorn's); so this was a bit of a surprise but never the less an awesome discovery - I have played it everyday since without fail! Very loose, very trancendental, but amazingly never seems to meander. Adjectives wouldn't do it justice, it seems to exist outside of verbal reference points (fittingly, none of the songs have titles). I will be investigating the Boredoms further....
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars g7iyih,
This review is from: Vision Creation Newsun (Audio CD)Forgive me if this regresses into tears, screaming and a blood-splattered keyboard, because it just might. I see Vision Creation Newsun as our new holy book; our new rules of existence. It is our understanding of time and space imploded and ripped back open again, spread across the skies like birds aflame. Yamatsuka Eye is our overlord; an omnipotent being made purely out of light and violence, watching over and controlling us all. Like ants scrambling across the ground beneath our feet, I feel Vision Creation Newsun towers above, and has the power and anger to crush us at any given time. It is the sound of writers clutching at vague imagery in order to explain what they hear, yet falling into a white abyss.
Now for some personal history, if only for the benefit of myself. Following my first brief experience with this album, I crashed my bike into a metal railing at the edge of a busy road. I was 15-years old at the time, I think, and after a long, tiresome day at school, I was cycling home happily listening to my MP3 player on random. It is worth noting that this was the time when I had just discovered music downloading, so my playlist was packed with albums chosen purely due to them appearing on nomadic lists on online shopping websites, glowing write-ups from the usual indie suspects, and search results from linguistic stabs in the dark on forgotten P2P programs; this occurred years before RYM, so I have no idea where exactly to place the emergence of Vision Creation Newsun in my life. I was all alone in this music shiz. Riding a bike. Into a railing. Hard.
I have no scars from this incident and no truly traumatic memories, but it has stayed with me until this day, so I would assume that means something. Perhaps I should see a psychiatrist.
It was the opening few minutes that caused this to happen, and it is likely that it still would if I were to ever make the same journey again. "Newsun" is the muted cry that greets us, guiding us through a tunnel of spinning tape reels and seething, breathing electronic effects that flash past yet never leave our sight. Everything sinks into silence for a brief moment, the calm before the storm as the chrome sheets of sound rise up all around us, even managing to drown out a man as blaring as Eye. He seems lost is the environment for a while, and assuming you're listening to this record in the right way, you will know exactly how he feels. The drums flail, kick and clatter in the background. Some steady rhythm. A sense of perspective.
I took a few seconds to reunite myself with the real world only to find that I was lying at the side of the road, my left foot propped up against a kerb no more than three inches high; there was no noticeable damage to the metal railing that I surely must have impacted, although it is fair to say that my bike had seen better days. Cars were busily driving past, no-one seeming to care about the kid strewn out across the tarmac. I wiped my forehead, simultaneously checking for potential damage and purely as a sign of relief.
Looking upwards, I found myself blinded by the sun that was shining through an unusually cloudless sky; in hindsight, this perfectly replicated the album cover, although I would assume this is more to do with my memories playing tricks with me rather than some sort of omen. Probably. There is a worrying element of doubt there, however. Still no-one paid me no heed, so I dislodged the front wheel from in between two thin vertical bars that made up this railing and rode away, all the time trying to piece together what just happened. The music started and I crashed. There didn't seem to be middleground between the two events, and I remember the album sounding exactly as it does now, even with the years of listening that have surely have jaded my senses somewhat. It must have just hit me at the right time; one of those pure, untouchable moments with art that takes over your life, even for just a brief moment. And even at the (slight) risk of your own life.
So there we have it: my brief yet crucial history with this record. And it still strikes me down in awe every time I listen; religious, angelic, and above all, stunningly beautiful. This is it.
5.0 out of 5 stars great service,
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This review is from: Vision Creation Newsun (Audio CD)excellent all round service - many thanks to all concerned - will use again in the future - thanks once again
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Music,
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This review is from: Bboorree (Audio CD)The Boredoms continue their quest to redefine the boudaries of rock, and somehow manage to top the near perfection of their previous album 'Super ae'- their relentless sub-krautrock groove just gets better...voices and instruments swoop in and out of the mix- this is the sound of 21st century alternative music as it should be. This limited edition set gives you a shorter second disc with some live and remixed weirdness, and all in a beutiful box that also plays music when exposed to light! Not to be missed.
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