Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Ensemble - Dreams (2002)

what do you get when the Japanese noise/avant godfather enlists his buddies to perform in a New Jazz Ensemble? well, not jazz - not too many jazz acts are packing sine wave generators. instead you get striking avant-garde SONGS, you know, with verses and choruses and everything (in Japanese!). you get euphoric melodies, elegant harmonies, spacious production, and tastefully restrained playing. you get lovely pop ballads from an alternate dimension. but mostly, you get proof that experimental music doesn't have to be stuffy, boring, or pretentious - it can be accessible and fun and charming and enigmatic and oh so beautiful.

rec'd. got it?

and just in case you question their noise bona fides, the last track is a spasmatic 4-minute sustained explosion that would make the Mars Volta (or John Zorn) blush. you know, just 'cause.

4 Responses so far.

  1. awesome thanks man. i like anything with Otomo Yoshihide on it.


  2. Hey, I just found a shop in Kyoto that is the end-all, be-all destination for new noise & avant-garde. My head just about fell off... he had all—all!—of the Otomo Yoshihide/ONJO releases, for starters, so I finally got my hands on the ONJO cover of Dolphy's Out to Lunch album. But I could have dropped a grand on CDs and just scratched the surface.

  3. Anonymous says:

    good looking out, @keeperdesign, was in Kyoto a bit ago and i spent a fortune on records at Parallax... so thanks but fuck you

  4. makiawa says:

    can someone reupload the file? it woul be great!

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