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Album Review

Osaka experimental garage punk duo Afrirampo's Kore Ga Mayaku Da, released on John Zorn's Tzadik label only a couple of months after their full-length debut, Urusa in Japan, had come out in Japan, pushes the boundaries of the group's sound even further than their previous work. Opening with the 13-plus minute "I Did Are," Afrirampo hit you with their trademarked brand of heavy garage riffs and nonsensical vocal meanderings, but show that they won't be constrained by that, letting the instruments almost entirely drop out after about five minutes, leaving Oni and Pikachu engaging in some squeaky-voiced improvised call-and-response vocalizing, before giving way again to an almost Frank Zappa style doo wop deconstruction. It climaxes in a food fight between the song's various component parts and in many ways can be taken as a microcosm of the whole album. Kore Ga Mayaku Da is more experimental than the major label Urusa in Japan, but it is nonetheless consistent with their previous work in that it doesn't contain songs so much as episodes. Tracks that sometimes seem like songs at first listen, like the sweetly melodic "Want You," sound like a piece of '50s bubblegum but are really just using the '50s motif as a starting point for the group to make more of their own unique brand of raw self-expression.

Customer Reviews

CRAZY, INSANE THINGS come in tiny packages

The album, while entierly fun to listen to-- is nothing compared to the massive onslaught of AMAZING Afrirampo dishes out when you see them live. Think painted faces, incomprehensible chanting, and some of the craziest barefooted drum playing ever performed. Who knew such sound and fury could come from two seemingly docile japanese women? NO ONE. The last time I saw them at one of the Claremont Colleges in So. California, they ended their set by having Pikachu (the drummer) chant while sitting atop some random guy's shoulders, escorting her out the front door-- with Oni (guitar, vocals) beating the drum to a mini-melody they made up on the spot, "SAI-YO-NARA!" Few people clapped, everyone one was confused. IT WAS GREAT!

I want to see this live instead

I've heard they are incredible live. Like some Sun Ra records- best heard with the visuals if possible I would imagine. That being said- several of the cuts here are mighty good fun (I Did Are, On Ska) while others sound a bit harsh on the ears (Hadaka) as in Yoko meets Metal Machine Music. And some I am not sure of (Want You) which sound like the doppelganger of Gabby La La. A for effort, at least.

Biography

Formed: Osaka, Japan

Genre: World

Years Active: '00s

Hailing from the western Japanese city of Osaka, Afrirampo are often considered representative of their hometown's manic, freewheeling approach to rock music, following on from bands like Boredoms and Acid Mothers Temple. The two female members, known only as Oni and Pikachu, formed the group in 2002 and quickly made a name for themselves among fans of lo-fi experimental rock with their combination of free-form garage punk and nonsensical call-and-response vocal utterances, and have collaborated...
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