Luv Rokambo

Maze

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Recorded seven month after Luv Rokambo's debut album, Maze rights some wrongs. Toru Yoneyama and Osamu Kato didn't alter their course into freak-out free improv pastures, but they gained listening skills and some edge too. Whenever they add vocals to their dual electric guitars, it doesn't sound as cheesy; their primal screams and drug-induced ramblings bring an extra dimension to the music instead of bringing it down. The use of toys is also better integrated. But what strikes the most is the duo's foray into noisier domains. "Delay=Head" and most of all "Maze" feature intense feedback guitar, building up noise like a more sedated version of Sonic Youth or Keiji Haino. "The Waste Land" has a post-rock feel to it, while the three pieces titled "Only Shadow/Without Human" are understated guitar duets of the lo-fi kind (think of the label Kranky's entire roaster). Home studio production values still mar the album, but this time Luv Rokambo manages to convince listeners of the relevance of their own existence. This CD-R is a big step ahead for the duo and is recommendable material for fans of free-form alt-rock.

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