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MERZBOW - Dolphin Sonar

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Important Records IMPREC 205
Release Year: 2008
Note: Noise against Japanese Dolphin-slaughter! Liner notes from Paul Watson (Greenpeace) !
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"You've got to love that sleeve art - there he is, Masami Akita, the most revered of all noise artists, submerged with his laptop amongst his dolphin friends. If for some reason you'd never previously heard a Merzbow record, that sort of imagery might have you thinking Dolphin Sonar was going to be some sort of cute'n'cuddly poptronica outing, but of course it's an hour's worth of mind bending agony with an animal rights agenda. This is one angry, angry record. While it's contextualised as a protest album against the annual cull of dolphins in Taiji, Japan, this music speaks a universal language, with a vocabulary made up of raw blasts from analogue electronics, the sound of things being smashed up and frenzied oscillations. Very much in keeping with the tone of Merzbow's recent on-form output, Dolphin Sonar is as absorbing and articulate as it is uncompromisingly extreme." [Boomkat]

"Author, activist, painter and sound artist Masam Akita has been at the foreground of experimental music for over 25 years. Inspired by psychedelic rock, free jazz, early electronic composition and physical arts -especially Kurt Schwitters' Merzbau- Akita has created a musical language all his own. Dolphin Sonar is Merzbow's full-length protest album against the annual brutal slaughtering of some 2500 dolphins in Japan. This is an angry album full of beats, blasts and broken glass. Clattering smashes are pursued by pulsing analog whirls like the heart of a dolphin being chased through the bloodied water. Another Merzbow classic with the finest cover art money can buy by Jenny Akita. Liner notes by activist group Sea Shepherd." [label info]

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